Before you and the family head outside with your trusty pooch in tow, make sure you follow these simple steps to ensure your pet is protected from the big wide world this summer.
Keep your dog cool, clean and happy by giving them a brush each day coming into the summer months. They’ll be shedding their winter coats, and regular brushing isn’t just good for them, it’ll limited the fur from falling on your rugs and carpet so much. If your dog is on the hairier side, now is a good time for a haircut.
Flea and tick treatments
A study by the University of Melbourne found that around 10,000 cats and dogs are affected by tick paralysis in Australia. Seeing as summer is flea and tick season, now is the time to pre-treat your pet before letting them outside.
Tapeworm, roundworms, heartworms and hookworms all pose a serious health risk to your pooch. Ensure your pet’s worming schedule is up to date, and pop a schedule on the fridge for any ongoing treatments.
Dogs need to be kept hydrated in order to stay healthy throughout the warmer months. Ensure you have fresh, clean and cool water on hand for any walks, drives or adventures outside.
If your dog hasn’t seen a vet this year, now is the time to drop in for a check-up. According to Purina, your dog should see their vet at least once a year for an annual health check up, but more often if they are older or have health issues.
Before heading into any unknown territory or new walking routes, ensure your dogs leash, harness, collar and car travel accessories are all in good working condition with no risk of breakages. Check your contact details are all up to date on your pets microchip and/or ID tag.
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