Are you making big plans for the summer months? Man’s Best Friend has a few things on his agenda, such as playing Fetch, begging for scraps at barbecues, and exploring some fun trails. A local vet offers some advice on getting Fido ready for the warm weather in this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic.
Fido’s coat may need a little extra attention at this time of year. How often your pooch should be bathed will depend on his coat length and type. However, all dogs will benefit from regular brushing. Don’t forget those paws! Use paw wax to protect those furry feet from painful burns and blisters. On really hot days, keep your fuzzy buddy off tar, asphalt, and other hot surfaces.
Have a travel/emergency bag ready to go. This will be easy to grab for travel, camping, hiking excursions, and even day trips. Include food, water, dishes, a leash and tie line, treats, towels, and a pet first-aid kit.
Did your canine pal spend most of winter in his doggy bed, dreaming of chasing squirrels? If so, he may be a little out of shape. Get Fido back into condition before taking him on strenuous hikes. Try to be consistent with your pup’s workout routine. If Fido is a couch potato five days a week, then a vigorous Saturday hike will be much harder on him.
Does your furry bff have a doghouse? Give it a good scrubbing before the weather gets hot. Make sure it’s well insulated and in good shape, and that no critters have moved in. It’s also best to raise off the ground a bit, to keep rain and (later) snow out.
Keeping your canine companion hydrated is crucial in those hotter months. You may need to set out extra water stations. Another thing you can do? Get an extra ice cube tray, and get into the habit of freezing broth cubes for your cute pet.
Fleas, ticks, and heartworms may be small, but they pose huge risks to Fido’s health and well-being. Many wild animals are also active at this time of year. Make sure your four-legged friend is current on his preventative care!
Do you have questions about your canine friend’s health or care? Contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet clinic, today!