Summers bring a lot of sunshine, playtime and happy memories for you and your dog. But, it all comes at a cost of sweat, smell, dirt, and grass. Rather than locking out the pooch after a good time together outside (this may discourage the Fido for play), you can find here some helpful summer tips for your dog.
There are some do's and don'ts that you can follow to keep yourself stress-free and the Fido happy:
1. Bathing the Dog:
Who doesn’t know how much bathing is necessary? Everyone does. However, beware of over-bathing the dog especially when he has a dry or sensitive skin. It can irritate the pooch a lot. You can bathe the dog twice a month, and for dry skin dogs, you may have to cut it short to once a month.
2. Removing Dirt and Bad Odor:
To keep the pooch clean and dirt-free, you can use a damp rag (after soaking it in warm water) to wipe away the dirt. To get rid of the bad pet odor, you can use cologne or leave in conditioner that is pet-safe to keep him smelling fresh.
3. Preventing Ticks and Fleas:
Summers welcome little monsters—fleas and ticks. Prevent them by using these amazing flea collars that really work for dogs that are prone to getting fleas every season. Prepare some DIY flea-repellent sprays to keep the fleas at bay during the play time. Spray the dog’s entire fur before he steps out of the house. If, accidentally, your pooch has gotten fleas; then the fleas must have entered your house too. Get rid of the flea headache as soon as possible.
Remember to avoid bathing the dog after applying any topical tick or flea preventative for about 48 hours. Topical skin products show their effectiveness by getting soaked into the skin. If you bathe the puppy soon after applying the product, your money has gone to waste as the product gets washed away by water.
4. Check out for Little Parasites Regularly:
Fleas multiply by leaps and bounds whereas ticks are not that great in numbers. However, ticks can cause life-threatening diseases. Be vigilant in summers to prevent the parasites from harming your pooch. You should regularly check the belly, armpits, at the base of the tail, and around the neck area for these parasites. If you’ve got a wrinkled pug or bulldog, keep a check between the skin layers. You can use flea combs for long-haired dogs to keep the fleas and ticks away.
Use preventatives for fleas, ticks, and heartworm that have been recommended by the vet.
Consult the dog groomer to find an appropriate haircut for your four-legged. It varies according to coat type and hair length that what kind of haircut is suitable for the pooch. Keep the hair short and easy to manage.
Not all hairy dogs need shaving of the coat hair. You may opt for a shorter hair than shaving them off completely. The groomer will guide you the best based on the dog’s breed, coat, and hair.
6. De-shedding Treatment:
De-shedding treatment rather than shaving the coat is a better option. It will help in the removal of dead skin to keep the pet feeling cool. The Fido can better manage his body temperature after de-shedding treatment.
Do you have other summer tips for dogs? Let us know in the comments.
Have fun and strengthen your bond with the Fido!
Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of https://ultimatehomelife.com/ that has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.