Summer is flying by pretty quickly. Many people have quite a lot of activities to pack into that small window of time before the weather cools. Our canine companions tend to really enjoy this time of year. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a local Newmarket, ON vet offers some tips on spending summer with Fido.
Are you planning to go on a road trip with Fido? Be sure to keep him crated for the car ride. It’s much safer for you both! You’ll also want to research the area you’re going to, and find out about potential hazards, such as algae blooms and poisonous plants and insects. Here in Colorado, some of the ones to be aware of include lupines, Loco weed, Larkspur, and the aptly-named Death Camas.
Many dogs love exploring the Great Outdoors. Fido can make a wonderful camping buddy! Just take care not to let your furry pal nose around in areas that could be housing snakes or other local wildlife. Also, try not to let your pooch drink from rivers or streams. Always bring along plenty of water for you and your pet. A first-aid kit is a must as well.
There are few things better than relaxing at a campfire with friends or family and your loyal pup by your side. Camping presents its own set of dangers: campfires, trash, wild animals, and poisonous plants. Wild animals, such as bears, rattlesnakes, and mountain lions, are also a danger. You may also want to ask your vet about the Lepto vaccine, especially if you’ll be in areas with a lot of native wildlife.
Swimming can be just as fun and relaxing for dogs as it is for people … and just as dangerous. If you’re going to be near water, bring a doggy lifejacket along for your canine buddy. Never leave Fido unattended near water, even for a minute!
Before you take your canine buddy on any of these excursions, make sure that he has been fixed and microchipped, is current on vaccines and parasite control, and is wearing proper ID tags. Keep copies of Fido’s paperwork on you. If your pooch hasn’t been fully trained yet, work on that as well.
Please contact us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!