Summertime is just around the corner, and that means celebration of summer holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. These festivities often involve camping trips, picnics, boating, fireworks, and other activities. Since your dog is a member of the family, you of course want him to participate in the fun, but many of these activities can be stressful for canines. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prepare for contingencies that you may encounter and ensure your dog is ready to join in the festivities.
Dogs can become dehydrated, just as human beings can. Dehydration can advance more quickly when the weather is hot, which is why it is important to make sure your dog gets plenty of water during your times in the sun. It can be awkward for a dog to drink from a bottle of water, which is why it is a good idea to carry convenient travel dog bowls with you wherever you go, along with a bottle of water.
Campgrounds, fire pits, and waterfronts all pose potential risk of injury to your dog. If you plan to travel far away from your regular vet's office, it's a good idea to carry a first aid kit specifically designed to be canine friendly to take care of any situations that may arise. Make sure that it has first aid instructions specific to treating dogs.
Not only is there a risk that your dog could get lost wandering off into an unfamiliar area, but many campgrounds and recreational facilities require that pets remain leashed at all times in the interest of everyone's safety. However, your dog is on vacation as well, and you may not want to keep her on quite as short a leash as you do at home. A retractable leash allows you to afford your dog a bit more freedom while still keeping her under control. Be sure that you're aware of any weight restrictions and choose a leash that's appropriate for your pooch's size.
Boating and swimming can be fun activities for dogs, but some breeds are less suited to the water than others. To keep your furry friend safe from drowning, equip him with a canine life jacket specially designed to help him keep his head above water.
You know how uncomfortable the hottest summer days can be. Imagine how much worse it would be if you didn't have the ability to sweat to maintain your body temperature. That'll give you an idea of how the summer heat feels to your pet. If your dog has a short snout, she may feel the heat even more because that anatomic peculiarity makes the process of panting to cool off less efficient.
Fortunately, advances in cooling apparel have met canine fashion to produce cooling dog tank tops . These revolutionary garments use water-cooled fabric to maintain your pet's temperature. You simply soak it in water, wring it out, then apply it to your pooch. The fabric feels dry to the touch, but the water cooling helps keep your pet comfortable.
However, while these garments can help to keep your dog cool under normal outdoor conditions, they are not a magical shield that makes your pet invincible. You still need to follow common-sense heat safety measures such as not leaving your dog trapped inside a hot car for even a short time.
It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks, but the noise from the explosions as you enjoy the rockets' red glare can be terrifying to your dog. A Thundershirt for dogs applies consistent, gentle pressure that has been shown to have a calming effect on canines even in the presence of the most nerve-wracking stimuli, such as fireworks, summer storms, marching bands, etc. If your pet is troubled by visual stimulation, a calming cap may be used alone or in combination with the Thundershirt.
While you're thinking about keeping your dog safe and secure during your daytime activities, don't forget about nighttime. Camping with your furry friend can be a fun adventure for both of you, but many camping locations, particularly up in the mountains or near water, can become uncomfortably chilly at night, and there probably isn't enough room in your sleeping bag for both you and your dog. The solution is as simple as it is ingenious: Provide him with a sleeping bag of his own!
Weather is unpredictable, and a summer shower may arise when you least expect it. Some dogs are sensitive to wetness from precipitation, but you can protect your pet at all times with a canine rain jumper . There are many types of dog raincoats available, but some are designed to be portable by folding up into their own travel pouch.
This is always important, but never more so when wandering around the wilderness with your dog. Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, and other annoying pests are prevalent near the water and in heavily wooded areas, and not only can their bites cause your pet misery, they may pass along disease as well. Before you leave on a trip, be sure your dog is current on her regular parasite treatment. An insect shield may also provide additional protection.
The summer holidays are about getting out and having fun, which means they are a great opportunity for you to express your dog's personality. How about a red, white, and blue dog shirt for the Fourth of July? There are plenty of cute dog fashions with a patriotic theme available for pupsters large and small.
Summer will be gone before you know it, so be sure you and your dog make the most of it. Follow these tips to keep the holidays safe, fun, and festive for the furry member(s) of your family.