Pet care in the summer can be any number of things, from making sure they’re protected from fleas and ticks to helping them stay cool. It’s also important to think of your pet’s mental health needs during summer months, when hot weather can limit their time outdoors. There are several items you can buy to help your furry friend get through the summer safely that won’t put a dent in your budget; you might even buy extras to donate to a local shelter. If you love animals and want to get involved in helping your community, consider volunteering with Comfy Carepacks, an organization that distributes pet care packages to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
In the meantime, here are a few ways you can help your pet stay cool and comfortable even during the hottest months.
Let him play safely
If you have a backyard that isn’t fenced in, you could be missing out on a lot of safe playtime with your pet. Not only that, a fence is a crucial safety measure that can keep dogs from roving into the street or coming into contact with other dogs, which can prevent accidents and unwanted mating. Take some time to look up your local fencing company through sites like Angi.com and read reviews of their work online. Make sure they’re licensed and take a look at their previous work, if possible; you’ll also want to make sure there are no buried lines that could be disrupted by digging. The cost will vary according to how big your yard is, which materials are used, and where it’s being installed, but homeowners spend about $4,500 on average. Keep in mind that a nice fence could boost your property’s value should you ever decide to sell.
Protect those paws
Even with a nice backyard, your dog will still want to go on walks, and very hot days can lead to burnt pads and discomfort. Try spraying your dog’s paws with water or cooling him down all over before you head out, and stay away from blacktop. If he’ll allow it, booties can also help protect pads from hot surfaces and can also be worn in the winter when there’s ice on the ground; you can find a good pair online for under $30. If your neighborhood doesn’t have many grassy areas, look for a nearby dog park you can go to when he needs some exercise.
It’s also a good idea to keep your pet well-groomed, especially if he’s a long-haired breed. Not only will this keep him cool, but it will also make flea and tick protection easier.
Keep bugs at bay
Whether you choose to head to the park or let your pup run around the yard in summer, it’s essential to have a good plan for keeping ticks, fleas, and other bugs at bay. There are many medications and sprays on the market these days, so talk to your vet about the right option for your dog according to his size and health needs. If you’re on a budget, your best bet might be a collar that will keep your pet safe for up to 8 months.
Give him plenty of clean water
Fleas and ticks aren’t the only bugs you’ll need to protect your dog from; mosquitoes can be more than just a nuisance for your pet, as they can cause heartworm infections. The best way to keep your pet safe is to make sure he has a heartworm preventative medicine, but it’s also important to make sure he has access to clean water when he spends time outside. Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water, so if your pet has an outdoor bowl, change the water frequently and give him plenty when he’s indoors as well. During the hottest months, watch for signs of dehydration: bloodshot eyes, lethargy, excessive panting, and pale gums.
Summertime can be fun for both you and your pet with the right precautions. Do a thorough check of your backyard to make sure there are no poisonous plants growing, and utilize pet-safe liquids to prevent weeds or deter spiders and other pests.
Interested in volunteering with Comfy Carepacks? Get in touch to find out more about the organization.
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