Lifestyle Pets How to Make Sure Your Dog Has a Safe, Healthy and Fun Summer! What you need to know now that ticks, fleas and other summer pests are now on the rise By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 9, 2018 01:48 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Warmer weather has arrived and dogs can finally stretch their paws a bit more. But before your pooch rushes out to the beaches, woods, parks and yards the summer world has to offer, it is important to make sure they are prepared for the hazards the season can bring. The number of ticks, fleas and mosquitos are all on the rise, which means the diseases and health issues they carry with them are a concern now more than ever before. Luckily, as PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin points out in the video above, there are easy ways to protect your pet from the dangers these pests can cause, and from all the other health and safety issues that can crop up when temperatures start to rise. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. RELATED VIDEO: Are There Any Cats Or Dogs That Are Completely Hypoallergenic? Speaking of tempratures, pets can get heat stroke too. Make sure that your furry friend always has access to shade and fresh water when they are outside, and make sure they don’t overexert themselves in the heat. Following these simple tips and Dr. Antin’s other suggestions will help you and your pet have fun in the sun.