Summer is coming. How do you mark the arrival? Do you stock up on suntan lotion? Buy yourself a new beach bag? Maybe you're thinking about a summer vacation and planning where and when you'll go. You've probably already sent in the deposits and medical forms for your children's camps and signed everyone up for swimming lessons. In the midst of all this planning, have you given any thought to your four-legged and furry friends? Take a few minutes and check these five for Fido off your list:
1. Hydration. You do not leave for a day at the beach without packing a cooler of snacks and drinks, right? Well, your dogs and cats need the same tlc during the hot summer months. If your animals are able to go outside, buy an extra bowl or two for outdoor hydration. If your exercise plans during the warmer months include taking along your dog, make sure you bring along a collapsible bowl or water bottle.
2. Fur Care. You make appointments for your highlights and hair cut, so make sure you give your pet the same amount of attention prior to the summer. Flea and tick baths and dips are a priority, so make appointments at your vet or groomer now to avoid problems later. The same goes for those pets with long fur. Book a trim now and you'll find your dog panting with happiness, not heat stroke.
3. Shade. If your animals spend a lot of time outside, take stock of your yard and see if you have appropriate spots for shade. If you do not, figure out where you can hang a temporary sheet in a corner of the yard and purchase the equipment you'll need. If you do not like that idea, go in search of a real dog house.
4. Put Together A Pet Care Bin. Throw one in your car and stash one by your front door or mudroom, especially if you live near a beach. Keep a towel, soft brush, and collapsible water dish in a canvas bag. That way you'll always be ready for fun, and the wet sandy paws that tend to go with it.
5. Doggy Day (and night) Care. Going on vacation? Chances are everyone else in your town is too, so line up your pet care now not at the last minute. If you're giving the job to your neighbor's daughter, have her do a trial run while you are there so you're comfortable with her knowledge. No matter who you are leaving in charge of your pet, make sure they have critical information about your pet (including appropriate shots and paperwork) before you leave. If you do not have that organized, there are many great pet organizers on the market, be sure to research and get the one that fits your families needs.
Follow these 5 tips to keep your pet safe this summer!