Summer is finally here and we’re excited to be doing our favorite activities outdoors. Summer is the best time of year to be out and about enjoying all that the season has to offer. However, the heat can be dangerous for our fur-covered loved ones if we aren’t being careful. We want to help you make this summer safe and fun for all of your four-legged family members. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer:
• Brush it out: If your dog sheds, this is the time that most dogs will begin to lose their undercoat. The undercoat is the wooly fur that keeps dogs warm during the winter. In order to keep your dog cool, you need to brush them so that their coat doesn’t become tangled or matted. If you don’t usually groom your dog yourself, be sure to schedule a dog grooming appointment!
• Never leave your dog in a car unattended: Your dog should never be left in a car during the summer or during high temperatures for any length of time; even if you’re running into the store for 5 minutes. Rolling down the windows are not enough to protect your dogs from the humidity and heat. They can easily overheat, and possibly have a heat stroke.
• Make frozen treats: Frozen treats are a fun and easy way to keep your dog cool over the summer. You can use common food items such as peanut butter or dog food.
• Plan ahead: Be sure to check the weather prior to spending the day outside with your dog. You don’t want to exert your dog during outside activities. If temperatures are out of control, it’s best to leave them at home. If you decide to take them with you, watch for heavy panting, weak legs, and slower movements. Remember, if your dog is having fun they’ll try to power through the heat, but you’ll know best! Be sure to bring water with you as well – if possible frozen water bottles.
The most important thing to do is enjoy the summer! If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!
Now that the warmer months are here, so are ticks and fleas in abundance. Your dog’s warm fur provides the perfect home for fleas and ticks. If their fur is on the longer side, your groomer may be the one to first discover the parasite’s presence.
While they are tiny, these pests can cause skin discomfort and spread disease when they come in contact with your dog. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to minimize their opportunities for contact.
Spot Treatments & Medication
Topical spot treatment products are effective at keeping ticks and fleas at bay for about a month. There are also oral medications that kill ticks and disrupt the life cycle of fleas. Using a shampoo or powder with medicated ingredients is also a good option, though it will need to be applied fairly frequently.
Consult your groomer and veterinarian before choosing any medicated product for your dog, as there are many on the market to choose from.
Animals such as skunks, opossums, raccoons, and coyotes can deposit flea eggs into your yard. Try to discourage local animal wildlife from trespassing on your lawn by installing a fence, planting garlic, or spraying a non-toxic repellant.
Ticks thrive in moist, wooded, grassy areas. To deter them from taking up residence in your yard, be sure to keep your lawn mowed, remove leaf litter accumulations, and prune all shrubs and trees.
Your dog cannot protect themselves against fleas, so it’s up to you to keep an eye out for them. Turn them onto their back and check the warm and protected areas of their body. Fleas are approximately ¼ inch in length and red-ish brown in color.
Inspect your dog for ticks by checking between the toes, inside the ears, between the legs, around the neck, and deep into the fur. Look for a brownish insect about 2-6 millimeters long with a flattened oval shape. If you find a tick before it attaches, you’ve prevented a potentially serious illness. Immediately remove the tick by its head and dispose of it.
Grooming on a regular basis not only helps your dog avoid ticks and fleas altogether, but it increases the chances of early detection of the dangerous diseases they carry. Contact Central Bark to schedule an appointment today!