Now that the nicer weather has arrived and Summer is right around the corner, it is important to remember that your dog needs to have adequate shelter and water especially during the heat of the day. It is imperative that they are given the option to seek out and rest in a cool shade and have plenty of water to drink. Heat stroke and dehydration can be caused by not allowing the body to cool down. If your dog is an outside dog, please make sure that they have either a large tree , covered patio , or large outside dog house for protection from the sun and plenty of clean water during the course of the day. Some things do bear repeating . Never, ever, lock your dog in a closed car in the heat of the sun as the inside of your vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in minutes and will risk your animals life!

This year is forecast to be rather busy in the flea and tick department and it is recommended to get a good flea collar and treat your pet periodically with over the counter products that will avoid those little buggers from invading your house. It is a good idea when bringing your animal in the house to simply run your hands over them to check before you enter the door. Brushing once or twice a week (everyday for long-haired dogs) is also recommended.

Summer is the most busy time of the year for planning vacations.  Most dogs will be housed in kennels while their owners are away and would need to make sure that they have all of their up to date vaccinations as most , if not all kennels will not house animals without having them.  This would especially include Bordetella for kennel cough.

It is also important to make sure that your dog gets adequate heartworm treatment especially during the mosquito season.   Heartworm is a parasite that is passed along by mosquitoes , lives in the heart of its victim and can be fatal.  It is recommended to keep your animal on this treatment throughout the year but you would want to consult your veterinarian for more information for your specific case.

If you follows these suggestions, your dog will have a most enjoyable summer and stay healthy.  Have a nice Summer!