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Summer Dog Care

Summer is a fun time to be a dog! Hot weather can be rough on our canine companions, however. Fido has a fur coat on, and doesn’t have many ways to cool himself off naturally. You’ll also want to make a few adjustments to your pet’s care regimen. A Glendale, AZ vet discusses summer dog care below.

Exercise

If Fido spent most of the winter on the couch, he will be more than happy to get outside and play again. Indulge your pooch with fun games of Fetch and Tag. Just be careful not to overexert him. If you see your pup panting, immediately give him some water and take him in.

Paw Care

Dogs’ paw pads are very delicate, just like human skin. Fido can get painful burns, blisters, and abrasion from running and playing on rough and/or hot surfaces. Keep your canine pal on soft grass as much as you can. This is extra important after he has been swimming: your pet’s furry feet will be extra delicate when they are wet.

Adventures!

Man’s Best Friend loves to go exploring! Feel free to take Fido camping or hiking, or just let him investigate a new park or trail. Take proper precautions, though. Your pup should be microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his vaccines and parasite control products. Also, bring plenty of water along for him.

Cold Treats

Get Fido’s cute tail wagging by offering him a delicious summer snack. Doggy ice cream, which is sold in many pet stores, is fine. Your pooch can also have a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth; or some cold cuts. Or, freeze a roll of gourmet dog food, and slice off a piece for your pup on hot days.

Grooming

Brushing your dog regularly will remove dead fur, dust, and dander from his coat, helping him stay cooler. This isn’t an across-the-board recommendation, however: dogs with double coats, like Huskies and Retrievers, have fur that actually insulates them. Cutting this type of fur will do more harm than good, and can actually cause long-term skin/coat problems.

Safety

Always put safety first! Never leave Fido by himself in a locked car or room! Your dog will be both cooler and safer staying home and taking a nap.

Please call us, your Glendale, AZ vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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