These Tips to Keep Pets Happy and Safe During the Summer Months are brought to you by Petco, celebrating 50 years of service to pet parents. Petco is a major specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful connections between people and pets; The Power of Together.
According to 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 79.7 million U.S. households who own a pet will be gearing up to make the most of every moment.
Petco is reminding every pet parent to keep their pets happy and safe these Summer Months. To support these tips, we visit Unleashed by Petco; where they “provide the same knowledge and know-how offered by Petco in a unique, smaller package”.
Tips: Keep Pets Happy and Safe During the Summer Months
Hot Temperatures: Beware of the temperature. When it’s extremely hot and humid, limit your dog’s time outdoors. Make sure your pet has access to shade, shelter, and fresh water.
At Unleashed by Petco, you can find Chillz Comfort Cooling Gel Pet Pads. These gel mats will keep your pet cool and comfortable during warm and sweltering Summer days. These are available in different sizes and can be use for indoors or outdoors.
Hydrate: Keep your dog hydrated by having fresh water available at all times. A good rule is to pack the same amount of cool water for a pet as yourself when you’re taking part in outdoor activities. It is important to invest in a good portable or collapsible dog bowl that is easy to clean and stores flat for easy packing. If you’re out in nature, don’t allow your dog to drink lake or river water as that may contain bacteria or parasites like Giardia.
Road Trip: If you plan to travel with your dog this summer, ensure a fun trip for the whole family by pet-proofing the car with seat covers to minimize scratches and pet hair. Additionally, keep your pet safe and secure in a crate, booster seat or dog-specific harness that connects to your car’s seatbelt.
At Unleashed by Petco, Good2Go brand offers a variety of on-the-go travel accessories like collapsible pet travel bowls and booster dog car seat. Good2Go outdoor travel pet products are also available at a Petco store.
ID Tags: During Summer months, many dogs spend a lot of time outdoors and potentially get lost. If your pet is sensitive to loud noises, keep them inside, and always keep your dog’s ID tags up to date.
At Unleashed by Petco, you can instantly personalize a dog id tag. Fi.d.o. tags and fi.d.o engraving machine is available on site. Fi.d.o is also available at a Petco store.
Hiking: Summer Hiking is a favorite activity for many pet parents. However, it can be harmful if dogs overheat in the hot summer sun. Look for signs of a dog overheating – their tongue hangs from the side of the mouth and is weighted at the end, they are panting excessively and have trouble focusing their gaze on something. If a pet begins to overheat, place them in the shade immediately and pour cool water onto the pads of their feet first and then continue over other parts of their body. Placing booties on their paws will also help keep them safe on the rough terrain and prevent their paw pads from burning.
Beware of Rattlesnakes: Warm Summer weather calls both snakes and people out of hibernation. Outdoor enthusiasts may find themselves face to face with a less than welcome rattlesnake. However, unlike people, dogs may not have the know-how to avoid this venomous creature. While outside, especially in rural areas, keep dogs on a non-retractable leash, close by so they can be supervised. If a rattlesnake is spotted, calmly and slowly back away from the snake until you are no longer within striking distance and until the snake stops rattling. Then carefully leave the area.
At Petco, you will find Sugar’s favorite dog boots; PawZ. PawZ is an all season dog boots that provides traction control and protects your dog from hot pavements.
HOT Car: Never leave your dog in the car. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. A pet left in a hot car can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as 15 minutes. Cracking a window does little to relieve the heat on a hot summer day.
Don’t forget to TREAT your dog with healthy treats from Zukes and food from Merrick. Now available at Petco, Merrick’s Backcountry Grain Free Raw Infused Dog Food. Also available is Merrick’s Seasonal Recipe: Summer Lovin’ Stew.
Petco wants to start off your fun Summer with your pets by providing $50 Gift Card. Follow the giveaway tool to join.
This giveaway is sponsored by Petco.
Keep Your Pets Happy! Have a PAWsome and Safe Summer with Your Pets!