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Summer Care Tips for Dogs

Summer is just around the corner! Are you ready for the warmer weather? We are! We’re pretty sure it’s safe to say that many of our adorable canine patients are also looking forward to fun summertime activities. Just be sure to put your dog’s safety first. Here, an Omaha, NE vet offers advice on keeping Fido happy, healthy, and safe this summer.

Swimming

Does your dog enjoy swimming? As long as your vet doesn’t object, there’s no reason Fido can’t cool off with a dip in a pool or lake. If you are going to a pool, make sure your pet knows where the pool stairs are. If you’re going to a lake or river, keep your canine pal away from deep water and currents. Never leave your pooch unattended near water.

Heat

Hot weather is very dangerous to dogs! Make sure Fido always has plenty of fresh, clean water, and take care not to overexert him on walks. We also recommend using paw balm to protect those furry feet. Last but not least, never ever leave your pup unattended in a vehicle. This can be very dangerous!

Plants

As you may have noticed, sniffing grass and nibbling plants are two of Fido’s favorite summer pastimes. This can be quite dangerous, as many plants are toxic to dogs. Check your yard for poisonous plants. Remove anything unsafe by the root, so it doesn’t grow back. You can find a full list of toxic plants at the ASPCA website here.

Exploring

If you are taking your dog camping or to a dog park, keep him leashed, except in fenced areas, and don’t let him drink standing water. It’s also important to make sure that Fido is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control.

Food

Dogs love a good barbeque just as much as we do. However, many foods are dangerous to them. Never let your pooch have grapes, currants, or raisins; avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; garlic or onions; chocolate; caffeine; or alcohol. Also, be sure to keep Fido out of the trash. The garbage could contain many dangerous items, such as skewers, tinfoil, can lids, plastic wrappers, and bones. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Omaha, NE pet hospital. We provide the best veterinary care around!

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