Our pets love sunshine and fresh air as much as we do. More room to run, play, and explore can provide much needed exercise and stress-relief. Before you let your pooch or kitty outside to play, follow these tips to keep them safe.
Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water for your fur baby. While stainless steel bowls are non-porous and discourage bacteria, they can retain a lot of heat during warmer months. You can use regular ceramic bowls or try a self-cooling water bowl that will keep your pet’s water cold for up to 15 hours.
Check your pet’s paws often during the summer as tar from hot pavement can get stuck between the pads. If your pet shows any sign of injury such as limping, not wanting to walk, or licking and chewing at their feet, take your pet to your local vet immediately.
Make sure your yard is ready for outdoor play by removing any poisonous plants. Avoid using insecticides, fertilizers, and pest traps. If you don’t have a shady spot for your pets, you can put of a temporary shade to keep them cool.
Keep ‘em Current
Summertime is the favorite season of fleas, mosquitos, ticks, etc. Keep your pets up to date on all vaccinations to keep them safe and disease free.
Chip It Up
According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets with a microchip are far more likely to be reunited with their family (over 200% more likely than non-microchipped pets). Get your fur baby chipped prior to outdoor time.
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