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Summer Care for Fido

Summer is coming up quick. It’s probably safe to say that this is many of our canine patients’ favorite time of year. Fido gets to run and play outdoors, and sniff all sorts of grass. However, summer’s heat can be hard on dogs. You’ll need to make a few adjustments to your pet’s care regimen. A local Columbia, MD veterinarian discusses summer doggy care below.

Schedule

You may need to adjust your furry friend’s schedule a bit. Walk and play with Fido in the mornings  and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler out.

Paw Care

Fido’s cute little toe beans are very sensitive. They act as shock absorbers, motion sensors, and temperature gauges. Your canine friend can ge painful burns and blisters running on hot or harsh surfaces. Keep him on soft surfaces as much as you can.

Water

Hydration is absolutely crucial at this time of year. Refill Fido’s bowls a few times a day. Also, be sure to bring water with you anytime you take him off your property. Keep collapsible dishes or a doggy water bottle in your car. Your furry buddy  may also appreciate a pet fountain.

Snacks

Want to get that tail going  on sweltering days? Offer Fido some yummy cold treats! You can buy doggy ice cream in stores, but you can also make your own. There are lots of great recipes online. Just stick to ingredients that you know are pet-safe, such as pureed pumpkin, natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, and sodium-free broth. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Temperature

If your canine pal really struggles in the heat, you may need to get a few things to help him stay comfy. Cooling pads or cooling vests can help quite a bit. You can also soak a bandana with water and hang it around his chest. The water will naturally cool him as it evaporates. Make sure Fido always has access to rooms cooled by fans or AC. Never leave him outdoors or in a locked car unsupervised.

Storms

Thunderstorms can be pretty scary for Fido. If your pooch gets storm anxiety, he may benefit from pet-calming products, such as treats, sprays, or calming clothes. Desensitization training may also help. Ask your vet for more information. 

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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