How to safely make the most of your invisible fence this summer
Although we had a relatively mild winter here in West Michigan, you’re ready to enjoy all the benefits of your invisible fencing system and allow your dog to get outside and soak up the best of the Spring and Summer weather. With Summer just around the corner, here are a few tips for making the most of your outdoor paradise for your pet!
- Provide plenty of fresh water: During summer, it's essential to keep your dog hydrated. Make sure your dog has access to fresh and clean water at all times.
- Keep your dog cool: Dogs can easily overheat during summer, especially breeds with thick coats. Provide a shaded area and a cooling mat or a fan to keep your dog cool. Avoid leaving your dog in a hot car, as it can be dangerous.
- Groom your dog: Regular grooming can help keep your dog's coat in good condition, prevent matting, and reduce the risk of skin infections. It also helps to remove excess fur, which can help your dog stay cool.
- Protect your dog from parasites: Summer is a prime season for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which can transmit various diseases. Make sure your dog is up to date on parasite prevention medications, and consider using a natural flea and tick repellent.
- Exercise your dog during the cooler parts of the day: Avoid exercising your dog during the hottest parts of the day when you risk exposing them to heatstroke. Instead, schedule walks and playtime for early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.
- Watch for signs of heatstroke: Heatstroke can be life-threatening for dogs. Watch for symptoms such as excessive panting, vomiting, and lethargy. If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, don’t wait: take them to the vet immediately.
- Consider indoor activities: On exceptionally hot days, consider indoor activities such as playing with toys, practicing obedience training, or hiding treats around the house for your dog to find.
Remember that every dog is unique, and some breeds may require specific care during summer. Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog's health during the summer months!