5 Tips For Safe Summer Fun For You And Your Dog!

 

Summer is finally here, which means outdoor fun with your dog--but it's important to remember to stay safe during the festivities. Take a look at a few simple ways to keep you both safe and happy this season.

1. Always use sunblock

Few pet parents know that skin cancer is the #1 most common type of cancer found in dogs. Just as you should always protect your own skin by applying sunscreen to uncovered areas of skin, you should always coat your dog's most exposed areas--like his belly--when planning to spend lots of time outdoors.

2. Avoid long exposure to high temperatures

If you and your dog are going to exert yourselves on a hot day, beware of the possibility of heat exhaustion. And, though it should go without saying, never leave your dog locked in a hot car.

3. Keep hydrated

Both dogs and humans require plenty of water each day, and this becomes especially important in the hot summer months. Between activities, be sure to rehydrate. In addition to your own water, consider carrying a travel bowl and bottle just for your dog.

4. Stay up-to-date on parasite and pest medications

More time outdoors can also mean more opportunities to pick up unwanted guests. Administer anti-parasite and anti-tick and flea medications per the product's advised schedules to keep your best friend free of hangers-on. Remember to use insect repellent on yourself, too, to keep the bugs at bay!

5. Try not to share too much barbecue

As tempting as it can be to give in to those puppy dog eyes and drop your tasty scraps, too many foods with a high fat content can eventually lead to pancreatitis, which can be not only painful but potentially fatal.

Why not start the summer off with a hidden fence to enjoy time with your dog at home? For professional fence installation, contact Pet Freedom Hidden Fence today!

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