5 summer-smart strategies to keep your pet safe
As we head into the “dog days of summer,” it’s important to remember that the choices you make for your dog can have a significant impact on his or her well-being and comfort level. Here are five summertime specifics that can keep your pup safe and cool all season long.
1) Other Hydration Sources
You know how important it is to give your dog plenty of water as the weather heats up. But, have you thought about also giving them wet food as opposed to dry kibble? A nutritious wet food has the extra moisture that can help keep your dog hydrated. Looking for more canine hydration ideas? Freeze chew toys and water in an old Bundt pan or bucket. Run hot water over the pan to release the icy “dogcicle” and set it in a shady spot to provide your furry friend with a fun summer treat.
2) Seat Belts for Your Pet
You wear a seat belt, but what about your dog? There are dog seat belt safety harnesses on the market that can provide you with peace of mind when it comes to travel. Do your research because they vary in effectiveness, however, they can save a life and are worth your consideration. Dogs who roam in the car can lead to distracted driving and more accidents—another plus to securing your dog.
3) Naked Dogs
Think about sporting a fur coat all summer long. Or walking barefoot on hot pavement. Those are just a couple of summertime problems your dog has to deal with. Talk to your vet about clipping or shaving your dog, using sunscreen (a dog’s nose is especially vulnerable to sunburn), and proactive ways to control fleas and ticks. Your vet can tell you what is appropriate for your particular pet.
4) City and Country Critters
Even if you live in the city, there are a variety of summertime dangers for your dog including spiders, scorpions, mosquitos, bees, and wasps. If not protected, your dog may be at risk for heartworm, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and more. Ask your vet about the creepy crawlies in your neighborhood and what do to if your dog has an encounter. Snakes inhabit untidy yards and unruly bushes, so keep your yard debris-free for your family and your dog. Call your vet immediately if your pet gets a snakebite.
5) The Noise of Summer
From the fireworks on the 4th to travel to grooming appointments, summer is prime time for pet anxiety. However, a recent discovery can help your dog feel calm without relying on drugs. This canine supplement comes from a specially cultivated root extract of Echinacea angustifolia. While you may be familiar with the other compounds in echinacea that are used for immune support, research has discovered unique brain-specific compounds in this particular cultivation that bind safely to brain receptors and foster feelings of calm. Look for a formula that contains Echinacea angustifolia root extract (EP107). It’s a safe, easy, and an excellent alternative for an anxious dog.
These simple strategies can turn your hot dog into a cool canine who enjoys a comfortable and carefree summer.