Fun (and Safe) Summertime Activities for Pets

We love the summer and we know you do too! What better way to soak up summer fun than to share outdoor time with your pet? Here are a few ways you can include your dog in your summer activities.

Walking and hiking

Walking is a great way for dogs (and their humans) to get much-needed exercise. For their
safety, dogs should always be walked on a leash attached to a properly fitted collar. Dogs in
good health should easily be able to walk a mile and can gradually work up to walking several
miles at a time.

If you plan to head off the beaten path to admire nature’s beauty while hiking, your dog can
safely accompany you. Remaining hydrated is as critical for our pets as it is for us, so offer your
pup water periodically.

Remember: Don’t leave anything behind. Always carry plastic bags while walking or hiking so
you can clean up after your dog when necessary.

Swimming

Many dog breeds love the water and enjoy swimming. Some dog parks offer a fenced
swimming area so pets can safely enjoy the water. Be cautious if allowing your dog to swim in
open water, as she may venture too far from you. Using a long leash will allow your pet to enjoy
the water while still under your control.

Remember: It might be called the “doggie paddle,” but not every dog can swim. Be sure your
pup can stay afloat and enjoys the water before heading to your favorite dog-friendly
swimming hole.

Camping

If you enjoy camping, you probably want your four-legged companion to accompany you. What
dog wouldn’t enjoy the smell of hotdogs roasting over a campfire? As with any outdoor activity,
dogs should be kept on a leash or supervised while restricted to a tie-out. Campgrounds
typically contain many dogs and allowing dogs to roam off-leash could lead to a fight. Most
campgrounds strictly enforce leash/restraint policies for the safety of all pets and people.

Remember: Any outdoor activity can expose your pet to fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, and
wooded areas pose an even higher risk.

Before heading to the great outdoors with your pup, contact us about the appropriate flea, tick, and heartworm preventive medication.