Summertime is coming up quick! Many of our canine patients love fun summer doggy activities, like swimming, going to beaches, and begging for food at barbeques. However, the heat can be pretty rough on Man’s Best Friend. Before those scorching temperatures arrive, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pet comfy. A local Carolina Forest, SC vet discusses getting Fido ready for summer in this article.
Does your furry bff have thick fur? If so, consider clipping Fido for summer. Of course, this isn’t going to be the right call for every dog. Pooches with undercoats, such as huskies and Akitas, should never be clipped. If you’re not sure if your pup should get a cool summer cut, ask your vet. You’ll also want to stock up on paw balm.
Do you like to take Fido on adventures with you? Get ready for the season by designating a specific backpack for your pup. Include things like waste baggies, treats, collapsible dishes, towels, and a first-aid kit. Add a few bandanas as well. If your four-legged pal seems hot, soak one with water and tie it around his neck. Your canine buddy may also appreciate a cooling vest.
Does your canine companion have a yard to patrol? Do some outdoor work now, before it gets too hot. If you have a fence, make sure that it’s secure, so your furry buddy can’t go over or under it. You’ll also want to remove any toxic plants. If you really want to get Fido’s tail going, set out some fun features for him, such as a doghouse, kiddie pool, sprinkler, or sandbox. No matter what you do, make sure that your cute pet has shade and shelter outdoors.
You may want to set out multiple water stations. This is particularly important if you have more than one dog and/or a large property. Consider getting a fountain that is Fido’s height, and adding a solar-powered filter to keep the water clean.
Keep some cold treats for Fido in your freezer. You can buy doggy ice cream, but you can also make your own. There are great recipes online! Just be sure to stick with pet-safe ingredients.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Carolina Forest, SC animal clinic, today!