If you want to help your furry friend stay safe this summer, there are some important tips you’ll want to know. Summer is a great time to be outdoors with your pet and enjoy all the season has to offer. With the right information, your cool canine will be a happy camper, and so will you.
Posted by Patti Croft on 6/28/2023
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1. Paw-ty Pet-Proofing
With the summer comes a lot of barbecues and parties. If you’re like we are, you’ll end up making friends with all the dogs who attend. One of the most important tips during parties is to be sure Fido can’t reach anything he shouldn’t eat or drink. That means keeping all alcohol and foods like chocolates, grapes, and raisins away from your pet.
2. Fight the Bite
Insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. This is especially true regarding wasps and bee stings. Some dogs are highly allergic to fleas. If your pet has a reaction and you notice swelling or skin redness, or difficulty breathing, you should take your dog to the vet immediately.
3. Flea and Tick Fighters
Your dog most likely spends more time outside during the warmer months. That means more chances to come into contact with other animals that can spread illnesses. You also want to watch for fleas and ticks because these can cause your dog to become very sick. There are plenty of flea and tick control options to choose from. Ask your vet which one is right for your pet.
4. Pamper Your Pet
Your pup needs to stay protected from the summer elements. One of the ways you can help is by keeping regular grooming appointments. Depending on your pet’s coat type, a shorter cut may be best for hotter weather. A bath always makes your dog feel better and keeps skin and fur healthier. Talk to your groomer about what’s best for your dog this season. A good groomer may be your pet’s best friend this year.
5. Cool Canine
Dogs can get overheated quickly, and heat stroke affects many pets every year. Be sure you provide plenty of shade for your pup. That does not mean getting a doghouse and leaving your pet in the backyard. These spaces can be dangerous as they trap heat rather than keep your animal cool. You also want to provide plenty of fresh, clean water as this will keep your dog hydrated. The water needs to be cool, so if you’ve left some water outside, make sure to change it frequently, and as a bonus, add ice to the bowl. Your pet will be grateful.
Limit Fun in the Sun
We’ve mentioned how easy it is for dogs to get overheated during the summer. Many dogs love playing with their friends, but during the hotter season, you should keep those playdates to a minimum. Too much strenuous exercise combined with high temperatures can cause dehydration or heat stroke. When you do have those four-legged friends over for playtime, provide them with lots of clean water and a shaded area nearby so they can cool off. With these tips, there will be tons of tail wagging all summer long.