Prepare yourself for whatever your dog needs this summer with a few basic supplies. Some of these might seem unnecessary, but could have a big impact on your pet's health and well-being any time of the year.
Six things that you should keep on-hand this summer for your dog are:
1. A first-aid kit. A basic pet first-aid kit is a simple concept, but one that many owners don't think of until an emergency or crisis occurs. Put together your dog's first-aid kit every season, adding items that may be more pertinent during that time of the year. For example:
- Salve or Vitamin E oil for chapped or sore pads and feet
- Cotton gauze pads and adhesive tape for cuts or injuries
- Some sort of antiseptic for wounds
- Hydrogen peroxide
- An emergency foil-style blanket
- An emergency ice pack
2. A pool. Pick up a cheap kiddie pool this summer to fill with an inch or two of water on a hot day. Dogs will enjoy splashing, drinking, and cooling-off in their own swimming hole! Make sure to supervise dogs, especially small breeds or puppies, to ensure safety when playing near the pool.
3. Navigational system. Collar GPS systems are not as expensive as you might think, and if they save your dog from becoming lost, they are worth the cost. These typically allow owners to locate pets on a smartphone or computer.
4. A portable water-bowl. Make sure to have at least one collapsible water bowl for hikes, outings, and any time your dog needs a cool drink. The dangers of dehydration are real, and include organ failure or death. Keep one in your car all year-long to always be prepared.
5. A web-cam. Collar web-cams are also widely available if you want to take a look at where your dog has been going and what he has been doing. These may not capture much on very-small dogs except the ground, but are perfect for larger breeds.
6. A comfy harness. Your dog needs a padded-harness for long walks and hikes. A collar can pull on your dog's neck, and the snug-fit of a harness often helps to keep dogs focused and on-track when walking on a leash.
Summer is the time to have fun with your canine companion, but make sure that you provide him with the things that they need, also. Contact a veterinary clinic for more ideas and tips about how to keep you dog healthy this summer. And, consider these suggestions for preparing for whatever life has in store for you and your dog, and to enjoy a safe, comfortable summer!