Summer isn’t far off now! Many of our canine patients love to roll around in the grass and splash around in the water. Of course, the hot weather can be tough on Man’s Best Friend. Fido does have a fur coat on, after all! A local Bucks County, PA vet offers some advice on caring for Fido’s coat in this article.
Dead fur and dandruff can make your pup’s coat hot and itchy. Brushing him regularly will help keep him looking and feeling cool.
Check For Stowaways
Get into the habit of checking your furry friend over for ticks. This is especially important after spending time in wooded or grassy areas.
Bathtime will probably never be Fido’s favorite thing. However, you can make it more fun for him. If it’s nice out, bathe your canine buddy with a hose and/or kiddie pool outdoors. (This may also make for some super cute pictures.)
Consider A Clip
Many dogs are more comfortable with a summer clip. This isn’t a universal recommendation, though. If your pooch has a double coat, then cutting his fur could seriously damage it. If you aren’t sure, check with your vet.
Pet wipes can come in handy, especially if you are bringing Fido in after he’s been playing in dirt and mud. You can also keep a washcloth and a bottle of water handy near your front door, so you can spray and wipe your pup down before bringing him in.
Does your pooch love running and splashing in mud puddles? Keep a bathmat outside the door you bring him in and out of, and teach him to let you wipe his paws down. You may even be able to get him to clean his own feet!
Speaking of paws, keep up with your furry buddy’s foot care. Fido’s delicate paw pads can easily get burned on hot surfaces! Use paw balm or wax to protect them, and try to keep him on dirt and grass as much as you can. Nail trims are also important.
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