While summer is the season for outdoor workouts, barbecues, and basking in the sun, summer also presents challenges for dogs.

There’s the risk of overheating, for one thing. There’s the chance of eating the wrong foods, for another. Add in the occasional adventure—suiting up your dog for boat rides, protecting your pooch from hot pavement—and there’s plenty to think about in advance.


Here are nine special health considerations your dog wants you to know about—and how you can take care of him all season long.