Prepare your pup for warm weather

Prepare your pup for warm weather

Create a safe outdoor environment for your dog

Warm weather is blanketing the country, and chances are, your furry friend is enjoying the spring weather. Spring and summer are a great time for your pup to enjoy the fresh air and get some much-needed exercise. However, it can also be a dangerous time thanks to high temperatures and other dangers. Before the temperatures really heat up, take steps to protect your dog outdoors this year. Here are some tips:

  • Landscape. Make sure you don't have any plants in your backyard that can be harmful for your dogs. Check out the ASPCA's list of toxic and nontoxic plants.
  • Heartworm. Protect your dog from Heartworm disease by giving him a monthly dose of medication. Talk to your veterinarian about the best heartworm prevention for your dog.
  • Flea prevention. If your dog has a history of fleas, consider putting it on a flea medicine during the warmer months. Flea season picks up in May, so now is the time to start thinking about flea treatments for your pup.
  • Heat protection. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, take extra precautions when it's hot out. Always have a water bowl accessible. Make sure there's a shady spot in your yard where your dog can avoid direct sunlight. Avoid walks during the heat of the day. Remember, dogs can suffer from heatstroke, which can come on quickly.

Spring and summer allow you to enjoy time with your pet outdoors, but you need to do so safely. Keep your pet cool, healthy and safe this year.