We’re heading into the hottest part of the year now. That can be both good and bad, as far as our canine pals are concerned. Heat can be tough on Man’s Best Friend. After all, he is wearing a fur coat! A Springville, UT vet offers some advice on summer dog care in this article.
First and foremost, make sure your canine companion always has plenty of fresh water. Always bring water along when taking Fido off your property. (Tip: it’s not a bad idea to keep a gallon or two in a small cooler in your car.)
Keep up with your furry buddy’s beauty care needs! These vary widely from pup to pup: some dogs just need regular brushing and only occasional baths, while others need to be bathed much more frequently. Pay attention to Fido’s paws as well. Dogs can easily get burns or blisters from scorching hot surfaces! You may also want to consider getting your pooch a cool summer ‘do, though this will depend on the type of coat he has. Ask your vet for specific advice.
When it’s really sweltering, limit your four-legged pal’s outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with Fido in the mornings and evenings instead.
Taking your canine friend out and about? Make sure Fido is current on parasite control and vaccinations. Depending on where you’re going, you may also want to look into non-core vaccines, such as the Bordetella and Leptospirosis vaccinations. Ask your vet for more information.
Some dangers are more prevalent at this time of year. That list includes things like parasites, toxic plant ingestion, chemical exposure from things like torch oil and bug spray, and encounters with wild animals. Be vigilant, especially around potential dangers like pools or campfires. Always err on the side of caution with your pup!
Want to brighten up your furry friend’s day? Make him a cold snack! For an easy one, just pour sodium-free broth over kibble, shredded meat, cheese, bacon bits, or safe fruits and veggies, and freeze. You can also make Fido some doggy ice cream! Look online for recipe ideas. Just stick with ones you know are safe.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us! As your Springville, UT animal hospital, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch care!