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Adventures With Fido

Summer is just around the corner! Many of us are anticipating fun summertime activities like camping, hiking, and swimming. Many of our canine friends also enjoy having fun in the sun and exploring new places. Just be sure to put your dog’s health and safety first! In this article, a Greensboro, NC vet discusses taking your furry pal with you on summertime adventures.

Training

Make sure Fido knows and obeys basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These aren’t just important for good doggy manners: they are also crucial for safety reasons. Proper training can keep your pooch from running away, or stop him from approaching a dangerous animal or area.

Safety

Always check the guidelines before bringing Fido to a new park or trail, and find out what the doggy policies are. Keep your pup leashed at all times. You can use a retractable one if you want to give your four-legged buddy a bit more leeway.

Supplies

Don’t forget to pack for Fido! Many dogs can carry some of their own supplies in little doggy backpacks. If you’re just on a hike, you’ll need to bring baggies for picking up waste, as well as food and water. Look for collapsible dishes: these are great for hiking! We recommend keeping a first aid kit with you. If you’re camping, you’ll also need bedding for your furry pal.

Water

If you’re out in the woods, don’t let your canine buddy drink from rivers, streams, or ponds. You never know what may be in the water! Always bring water for Fido. If you’re camping out, treat or boil your dog’s water to make sure it’s safe.

ID

Before going on a fun excursion with your pooch, make sure that he has been microchipped, and is wearing current tags. If Fido is microchipped, check your records in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure your information is correct.

Preventative Care

Fido can catch some very dangerous parasites in the great outdoors. Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can all make your beloved pet very sick. Some infestations can even be fatal! Keep up with Fido’s parasite control, and check him for ticks daily. It’s also important to make sure your pup is up to date with important vaccinations.

Do you have any concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Greensboro, NC animal hospital, today!

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