Summer Doggy Tips

While May is our wettest month in Northern Colorado, the weather is certainly warming up as we move into summer. Naturally, dogs are getting more excited about playing outside and most pet owners are beginning to see an increase in the energy level of their dogs! To help promote safe play this summer, we’ve put together a list of summer doggy tips to keep in mind:

  • Just like humans spread germs, dogs can too. The most common illnesses this time of year are kennel cough and conjunctivitis, which can occur even if your pet has been vaccinated. If you’re going on vacation and leaving your dog at a boarding facility, be sure to inform them of any signs or symptoms prior to leaving.
  • Kiddy pools are a great, cost-effective way to help your pup cool off in the warmer weather. Just remember to never leave your dog unsupervised and empty the water/clean the pool as often as possible.
  • If at any time your dog begins to show signs of heat exhaustion – heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting or wobbly legs – cool them down immediately with cold water and carry them to the vet. This is an emergency!
  • If you are washing your dog at home, remember to use a labeled “dog shampoo.” Shampoos made for humans can actually dry your pet’s skin causing itchiness or irritation. Give us a call for product recommendations!
  • Pet appropriate sunscreen (no zinc oxide) is great for dogs with light skin or thin hair. If you’re spending the day outside, be sure to keep an eye on those pink noses and exposed skin on the ears!
  • Never, ever leave your dog in the car! While you might think leaving the window open will keep your car cool, a car’s temperature actually rises rapidly. Research has shown that cars with the windows cracked still reach the same temperature as those with windows closed.
  • If you’re playing or just lounging outside by the pool with your dog, make sure they have access to fresh water as well as sufficient amount of shade.
  • When taking walks or playing outside, try to stay off hot surfaces like asphalt since it can burn your dog’s paws. Stick to grass when possible! Also do your best to avoid walking your dog during the day’s highest heat and humidity.
  • Be on the lookout for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworms. Give us a call to discuss the best products for your specific pet.

Last but certainly not least, remember to have lots of fun with your pup this summer! Just be sure to keep these safety tips in mind and call Aspen Grove with any questions.

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