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Summer is here, and it’s time for lots of fun in the sun with your furry companion! Maybe you’re arranging a trip to the beach or an RV adventure across the country. Perhaps you’re planning on going hiking or relaxing by the pool on the weekends.
Whatever activities you’re thinking about doing with your dog this summer, it’s essential that you take some precautions to keep them cool, safe, and healthy. Not only will doing so help to prevent serious health concerns for your beloved pup, but it will also help them feel comfortable and happy throughout the hottest season. Pet Sitter Frederick is here with some practical tips to get you started:
Take them to the vet.
Taking your dog to the vet at least once a year is essential for maintaining their health and well-being. But if it’s been at least six months since their last visit, consider scheduling an appointment before the dog days hit. Along with the fun activities, summer brings with it all kinds of wildlife, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Allowing the vet to examine your pup can help you catch any potential concerns early, which means you can treat them before they get serious.
Get necessary vaccines and medications.
Your vet will also be able to administer any necessary vaccines to Keep Fido healthy throughout the hottest days of the year. Your dog should be up to date on all of their core vaccines to protect them from rabies, leptospirosis, and canine distemper.
Along with vaccines, be sure to ask your vet for any medications your pup needs. For example, all dogs should take medications that fight heartworm, ticks, and fleas throughout the year. But during summer, it’s especially critical. Without the proper protection, your dog could catch heartworm from mosquitoes, or Lyme or Anaplasmosis disease from ticks. And fleas can cause all kinds of problems — from tapeworm infections to dermatitis to allergies. Make sure your furry friend gets his heartworm and tick/flea prevention medicine!
Invest in a fence.
Backyards are the perfect play space for dogs, as long as there’s a fence! Without a fence, you not only risk your pup running away or running into traffic, but you also leave them vulnerable to outside threats coming in.
If your property doesn’t have a fence, consider investing in one this summer. Research local contractors in your area to read reviews and learn general rates. Then, meet with a few licensed contractors to discuss your needs and get estimates. Installing a new fence averages about $4,500 in most areas in the United States — though your final price will depend on the size of the fence, the materials, and the area in which it’s being installed.
Keep toxic products out of reach.
Along with installing a fence, make sure your dog cannot access any toxic products in your backyard. Keep fertilizers, insecticides, rodenticides, and other harmful substances locked away in a shed or other enclosure. And protect your pup from any candles, insect coils, repellants, and citronella products, as well.
Maintaining their grooming.
Unless Fido is a short-haired breed, plan on giving them a trim before the heat hits. Dogs with long or thick fur will quickly get uncomfortable in hot weather — not only does it cause them to overheat, but it also causes irritation to their skin. However, you don’t want to shave them too close, as their coat is what guards them against sunburn and overheating.
Now’s the time to take a few extra precautions for your pup. Schedule an appointment with their vet, and ensure they get all the vaccines and medications they need. Create a safe backyard by installing a fence and blocking access to toxic substances. And keep them trimmed and cool. Then, you can set out for your summer adventures knowing your pup is safe, healthy, and happy!
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