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Summer Care For Dogs

Summer is just around the corner! This can be a fun time of year for our canine pals. However, you will need to keep a close eye on Fido, and make sure he doesn’t overheat. A local Jacksonville, FL vet offers some ‘pawesome’ summer dog care tips below.

Water

First and foremost, make sure your furry bff always has access to fresh water. If you have a yard, you’ll want to keep water dishes both outdoors and indoors. Remember to wash these bowls out daily!

Splashing Fun

Consider getting a kiddie pool for Fido to play in. Your pooch may also enjoy splashing around in the spray from a hose or sprinkler. We do recommend getting a filter for your hose, though, especially if you use reclaimed water for your yard.

Schedule

Try to walk and play with your furry pal in the mornings and evenings, when it’s at least a little bit cooler out. Let Fido relax during the hottest part of the day, in rooms cooled by climate control.

Grooming

Brushing your pooch regularly will help keep him cooler, as it will remove the dead fur and dander that makes his coat really hot and itchy. Also, put paw balm or wax on Fido’s furry feet, to protect them from scorching sidewalks.

Cold Snacks

A cold treat can be a little piece of heaven on a hot day. Pick up Fido some doggy ice cream, which you can find at many grocery stores and supermarkets. Or, make your own! You’ll find lots of recipes online. Just stick to safe ingredients. Your four-legged friend may also appreciate a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth, or even an ice cube or two.

Swimming

Many of our canine patients love swimming! If Fido likes the water, then by all means indulge him! Just put your canine buddy’s safety first. Only let him swim at dog-friendly parks and beaches, and never leave him unattended near water.

Prevent Overheating

Dogs can overheat very easily in hot weather. Don’t overexert Fido when it’s hot. Never, ever leave your furry best friend in a hot car, even for just a few minutes! You may also want to get a cooling vest for your pup. Another thing you can do is put a wet bandana around his neck.

Please reach out to us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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