Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dog Days of Summer Campaign

This post is brought to you as a part of the Dog Days of Summer Campaign, hosted by the folks at dog training collars. This series aims to inspire positive practices in all pet owners.

As the co-owner of dogs I know how important it is to keep your pet healthy.  For many people dogs are a part of the family,  so of course we want the best for our dogs, especially when it comes to their health,  which is always very important.  As you may know it is especially important to take care of dogs health in summer months because your outside more in summer months and that means both you and your dog will be soaking up the heat from the hot sun.  I have three dogs that I own(along with my parents) and they stay at my parents house.  I am always preaching to my parents ways to keep the dogs healthy and safe during the summer months and would love to share them with you today. 

Keeping your dog clean - This can be somewhat tricky, especially in summer months when your pet is constantly outside playing,  running around, and rolling in the dirt!  For some dogs this can be a much easier task than for others, just depending upon the dog.  Luckily for me, for the most part my dogs enjoy a good scrub during their bath.  One thing you might want to consider when washing your dog is that organic and natural shampoos are far better for your dogs pets coat especially if your pet has sensitive skin.  You may also want to consider using a natural conditioner if your dog has a long coat or suffers from dry skin.  

Keeping your dog free of fleas - During the summer months when your dog is always outside your dog is exposed to more fleas and ticks.   Some of you may be tempted to use conventional tick and flea prevention products but be careful because they could contain harmful chemicals that could harm your dogs health.  Instead, you should try using a herbal flea collar to protect your dog from unwanted fleas and ticks.  If you have young children beware because many of the products you use on your dog can harm your children too.  It is best to use all natural sprays that are effective yet safe for your children.

Veterinary Visits - It is important for adults to visit the doctor just as much as it is important for dogs to visit their veterinarian. Your dog should visit it's veterinarian twice a year to keep up with its routine wellness examinations.  If your pet is a puppy or an older dog then it is important that your dog visit it's veterinarian even more often.  You should find a veterinarian that you can trust. 

Keeping your dog well hydrated - During hot summer months it is important for you to stay hydrated just the same as it is for your dog!  Did you know that a dog can lose fifty percent of his muscle or body fat and survive,  but losing only ten percent of his water weight could be potentially dangerous!  It is important that you become aware of dehydration symptoms in your dog which includes: sunken eyes, seems depressed, has dry sticky gums, is sluggish, shows a loss of appetite.  If you think your dog may be dehydrated and does not want to drink try giving him watered down juice(non-citrus) or water with some ice in it.  

Besides all of the things mentioned above it is also important that you keep up with their grooming, dental care, make sure the exercise on a routine basis, and they receive optimum nutrition.  

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My Journey With Candida said...

Awwww.... what a cute little dog. Great tips for a healthy dog.