As summer approaches and we all look forward to more jaunts in the park, time outside and days in the sun, our dogs do too! Yet there are issues that arise in the warm weather that we all should keep in mind to make sure our dogs stay safe and healthy. With lots of barbecues, hikes and outdoor fun in your pups future, here are six really easy ways to keep her healthy and happy, courtesy of Wicked Local Concord.
Hit Up the Vet
Any good dog owner knows this, but a reminder can’t hurt! Get your dog up-to-date on all vaccinations, make sure he’s checked for heartworm and make sure he’s on preventative heart worm meds so the pesky mosquitos don’t get him this summer.
Fight the Heat!
It gets hot out there and dogs need protection. If you’re going to be outside for a long time, make sure there is shade for Fido and lots of water to prevent dehydration. Also, don’t let him sit on asphalt for a long time. You don’t want his paw pads to burn!
Don’t Get Bugged
Watch out for bug and rodent repellents in yards and parks that are poisonous to pups. Read instructions on all flea and tick products to ensure proper use.
One of the best things about summer are barbecues, but be wary of what you’re dog is eating. With lots of yummy human treats on lots of people’s plates, the little beggar might snag some bad food or drink.
Some dogs love jumping into the water to escape the heat, but be sure to play lifeguard! Not all dogs are born good swimmers. If your pup has been poolside, try to prevent her drinking the water and be sure rinse off her coat afterward to rid it of chlorine.
If you’re running your own show this year, or heading to a big one, it’s best to leave pups at home. They may be scared of the loud noises and if they get too close to at-home fireworks, they can get seriously injured.
How’s that for summer prep? Get excited for all of the outdoor fun, but be smart at the same time.