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Summer is officially here! This may very well be Fido’s favorite time of year. After all, he gets to play in the sun, sniff new grass, and roll around in the dirt. However, this can be a dangerous time of year for our canine buddies. Read on as a local Cornelius, NC vet lists some summer care tips for pups.
Overheating is one of the biggest concerns for dogs at this time of year. When it gets really hot out, walk and play with Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler out.
Make sure that Fido always has fresh water available. If you have more than one dog, a fence, and/or a large house, put out more than one water station. Your pooch may appreciate a doggy water fountain. (Note: many animals prefer running water. This is likely because, in the wild, it’s less likely to be contaminated than fresh water.)
Some dogs will benefit from getting a cute trim at this time of year. However, that isn’t an across-the-board recommendation. If Fido has a double coat, you definitely should not clip his fur. Regular brushings will do in that case. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Dogs love to investigate new places and check out previously-unexplored trails. Indulge your pet’s sense of adventure by taking him to a new park or trail on a nice day. The fresh air, exercise, and sunshine will be good for both of you!
Fleas, ticks, and other bugs are a big concern at this time of year. Keep up with your canine pal’s parasite control products!
Fido’s paw pads are very delicate. Your pooch can get painful burns or blisters by walking or running on hot or harsh ground. Use paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s feet, and keep him on soft ground as much as you can. This goes double after your pup has been swimming, as dogs’ paws are extra delicate when wet.
We can’t state this enough. Never leave your canine friend alone in a car, even for just a few minutes. If your furry best friend can’t go inside with you at your destination, leave him safe and sound at home!
As your Cornelius, NC vet clinic, we are dedicated to offering great care. Please feel free to contact us anytime.