Summer Guide to Dog Care

I’m a bit fanatical about my pets and if truth be told…I treat them like babies. They would not survive five minutes in the wild. Since moving to Franklin, I’ve learned a lot about how to care for my pets in the summer months. I thought you might benefit from some of these tips I’ve picked up.

Full disclosure: I am not a veterinarian. Check with your doctor before changing medications.

Protect your animals from fleas and ticks! Ick…who wants those yucky critters on your dog or cats, let alone in your house? When we moved I brought three boxes of Frontline with us, only to find out that fleas and ticks are pretty much immune to Frontline in this part of the country. If you want total protection then the product you need to get is a Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar, Large Dog

They work and they last for 9 months. So far…we’ve only needed to purchase two because Sassy doesn’t wear one in the winter. They make them for cats and dogs. Be sure to get the right size.

My Sweet Sassy!

Check Your Animals for Ticks! Tennessee is a dog’s paradise and you should take your best pal with you when you go to the park or lake. However, be sure to completely check your dog for ticks. It’s easy to forget especially if you’ve been diligent about getting a Seresto collar. You still need to do a complete examination.

Shade and Shelter! It’s hot and humid and just like us humans, your dog needs to have plenty of cold water (that whole no ice water thing is fictitious) and shade. Please don’t leave your dog outside without shade or a cool place to sleep. In fact…have you tried one of those cooling gel pads for dogs? A good investment I think.

Doggie Entertainment – You can make summer fun for your dog by freezing toys and treats inside a block of ice made from water and chicken broth. Simply fill a large container with water and chicken stock and add some dog toys and treats. Freeze and set on an indestructible metal container and watch your dog go to town. There used to be a product that made this easy, but apparently it’s no longer in business. I’m pretty sure you can make your own.

Never…Ever – leave your dog in a hot car. I doubt I have to remind you of this. If you see a dog in a hot car…do something…don’t walk away! Also, don’t take your dog for a walk or especially a run in the middle of the day. If it’s hot for you, it’s doubly hot for them. Overheated dogs often suffer from heat stroke.

Get a Summer Cut! – Sassy has crazy thick fur and it serves her very well in the winter, but when summer rolls around…she’s all about her summer clip. I don’t shave her, but we sure do have our mobile groomer give her a close summer cut. I also use a FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs, Large

Allergies! – Just like us…dogs get allergies – itchy skin, runny eyes, sneezing, even coughing happens during allergy season. Sassy has seasonal allergies and my Vet at Animalia Wellness recommended that we give her a Zyrtec every morning. We do and it helps, but please check with your Veterinarian to find out which medication you should administer.

Fireworks and Thunderstorms! If your dog is frightened of the sudden noise caused by fireworks or if thunder and lightning set off sheer panic – try a Thundershirt – a great product that envelopes your dog and is a calming effect for most dogs especially if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. If you want to learn more about this product…click the dog and see if this will work for your pup. Sassy doesn’t need one a Thundershirt.

My three babies…Sassy..Baxter turns 15 on July 4th and Miss Emmie. She quite something.

Also…I love my doctors at Animalia Health and Wellness and my mobile groomer is a Sweetheart. If you’re in need of groomer, call Lauren Rector of Pooch Paradise Mobile Pet Spa and get your pup cared for at home. You can reach Lauren at 931.982.1188.

If you have any tips I might have omitted…please feel free to leave a comment below. (All of the product links take you to Amazon where I’m an affiliate and receive a teeny tiny commission if you purchase from them, but so far…I’ve never received a penny.)

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