Summer is the perfect time to take your dog on outdoor adventures. Whether it’s hiking or just playing in the park, there’s nothing like exploring the great outdoors with your four-legged companion. But before you head out, make sure that your pet is prepared for the adventure. From bringing plenty of fresh water to being aware of signs of heat stroke, there are several things you can do to help ensure that your pet stays safe and healthy during your summer outings.

Bring Plenty of Fresh Water Along

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your pet for summer adventures is to bring plenty of fresh water along. Dogs can quickly become dehydrated, especially when they’re active and playing outside. Take along enough water for yourself and your pet, and bring a travel bowl or water dispenser so your dog can drink whenever they need to rehydrate.

Tick/Heartworm Prevention

As much fun as the summer sun is, it’s also prime time for ticks and other parasites. Protect your pet from these pests. Talk to us about tick and heartworm preventative medications, and make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations. You can also take other steps to prevent ticks, such as avoiding tall grass and wooded areas and checking your pet for ticks after each outing.

Be Aware of Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious condition that can be life-threatening for pets. Dogs are particularly susceptible to heat stroke, especially if they’re left in a hot car or are exercising in hot weather. Watch for signs of heat stroke, such as excessive panting, vomiting, and lethargy, and take steps to cool your pet down if you notice any of these symptoms.

Be Aware of Licensing and Leash Requirements

If you’re planning on taking your dog to a park or other public area, be aware of licensing and leash requirements. Many parks require dogs to be licensed and leashed at all times, and some areas may have specific rules for pets. Check on these requirements before you head out, and make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and equipment.

Bring Along a First Aid Kit

Even on well-planned adventures, accidents can occur. By having a first aid kit, you’ll be prepared. Your kit should include items such as bandages, gauze, antiseptic ointment, and a pet-safe pain reliever.

Pay Attention to Other Dogs and Identify Signs of Fear or Stress in Your Dog

Dog parks and places where dogs are permitted can be a great place for your pet to socialize and play with other dogs, but they can also be stressful and overwhelming for some pets. If you’re planning on visiting a dog park, keep an eye on your pet and watch for signs of fear or stress. These might include flattening their ears, tucking their tail, or trying to run away. If you notice any of these signs, take your pet out of the situation.

Check for Ticks After the Adventure

Finally, be sure to check your pet for ticks after each outdoor adventure. Ticks can carry a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, and you should remove them as soon as possible. Check your pet’s fur, ears, legs, between toes and skin for ticks, and use a tick removal tool to safely remove any ticks you find.

Summer adventures with your pet can be a great way to bond and enjoy the outdoors together. Just be sure to take the necessary steps to keep your pet safe and healthy. With a little preparation, together you’ll have the time of your lives exploring the great outdoors!