Having a dog around can be a treat in the summer. The warm months allow you to spend plenty of quality time outside with your pooch, which means you can run, play and simply enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. However, if you do spend time outdoors with your dog this summer, it’s important to keep some health and safety tips in mind. To ensure your dog feels great all season long, you may want to invest in the following items.
Collapsible/Portable Water Bowl
If your dog will be on the go with you during the summer months, ensure that he always has access to fresh water to keep him hydrated. To make sure he can always have something to drink, invest in a collapsible water bowl that you can stick in your purse or car and tote around with you wherever you go. A collapsible water bowl is lightweight to carry and easily refillable so your pooch will never get dehydrated.
A Kiddie Pool
Pools aren’t just great for keeping humans cool in the summer. They also cool your pets down, too. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard (or don’t want your dog to swim in the one you have), get a kiddie pool that you can fill with water from the hose. Your dog will appreciate a place in the summer where he can cool down, and you don’t have to worry about keeping the water clean — you can simply dump out the water and refill the pool.
Plastic Frisbee or Ball
Dogs need exercise. To make sure they get plenty of exercise outside during summer, make sure you invest in a toy like a Frisbee or a ball, which dogs can fetch and return to you. Exercise keeps your dog’s heart healthy, and it ensures he expends proper energy, so he’s well behaved and happy. Make sure you invest in a toy that’s washable and made from plastic, since outdoor play is sure to result in a toy that’s messy, muddy or dirty. You also want to ensure the toy is sturdy enough that your pup won’t rip it apart after just a few hours of play. If your dog has joint pain but still wants to play catch or fetch, make sure you ask your vet about Carprofen, which can help ease the pain and inflammation in dogs.
Boots for Hot Pavement
We often think that dogs only need boots in the winter to protect from the snow. However, your dog might also need boots during the summer. Depending on where you live, the pavement could get extremely hot during the summer; this means the pavement can burn your pup’s feet when you walk him. By investing in some boots for your dog, you can ensure that his feet aren’t getting burned when he walks on the pavement, and that he’s properly protected when he gets the exercise he vitally needs.
Spending summer with a furry friend can be a great experience. Make it as healthy and happy as possible by investing in the above items. By making sure you have everything you need to take care of your dog, you can plan for a season that is fun for you, your pooch and your entire family.
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