Plan Ahead for Summer

Summer is right around the corner and that means family trips, BBQ’s, fireworks, holiday food, outdoor adventures and more! Plan ahead with these tips and your pet can enjoy these adventures with you while also staying safe.

-Make sure your dogs are all up-to-date on shots, including Rabies and Bordatella. If you plan to take your dog to the dog parks this summer or to a day camp/kennel, it is important for their own health, that they have all their shots. While you’re at the vet, remember to grab a copy of their records, you will need to prove that they’ve had their necessary shots for any boarding facility.

-If you plan to board your dog this summer, make time to visit the facility, take a tour, meet the staff and bring your dog for a short playtime to check it out too. Remember to give me a call to schedule a FREE initial consultation and we can discuss how I can care for your pet while you are out of town as well. Your dog will be happier and more comfortable in their own home while you are away.

-Wherever you plan to take your dog along with you, take lots of water. Keep them hydrated and NEVER leave them in a hot car, even with the windows cracked. Depending on the size of your dog, you can get them a backpack to carry their own water, a collapsible dish and treats for any outdoor excursions.April blogpost image 2014

-Take into consideration their sensitive paws. If you’re planning a long hike or long walk, remember that hot pavement, rocks and dirt can burn their pads so plan your fun for earlier in the day or get them some high quality booties.

-If you have a short-nosed dog, walking or exercising them in the heat of the day can make breathing uncomfortable or difficult for them.

-Know what your dog is capable of and build up their endurance before you take them on long hikes, raft trips and other activities that require lots of physical activity. Consider a life jacket for your dog if you plan to spend lots of time on and in the water.

-Take your dog in for a good grooming. Get them bathed and brushed to get rid of the rest of that winter coat. Depending on their breed, this might be time for a good spring shave down as well.

-If you have a white dog with a thin coat and/or a dog with pink areas of skin like a pink nose, make sure you apply baby sun screen to prevent sun burns.

-Know the signs of heat stroke which include extreme salivation, excessive panting, distress and even collapse. If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, gradually cool them down and call your vet for further instructions.

With all that said, closely monitor your pets around human food, grills, open fires, fireworks and anything else that they might be interested in that could harm them. If you’re planning a day trip or extended vacation somewhere and can’t take your furbaby with you, give me a call and enjoy a worry free vacation while I take care of your pet.

– Brenda