Summertime Pet Parent Checklist

Summertime Pet Parent Checklist

Hey, pet parents! With the summer season on the horizon, the PetFlow team wanted to ensure you and your fur baby have everything you need to get prepped and ready for the summer. 

Playing Outdoors

Now that you and your fur baby are ready for some summer fun, we wanted to go over some ways for you and your pet to enjoy the outdoors together.  Check out some of our favorite fetch toys that are great for the outdoors:

Staying Hydrated

During the summer months, it is essential to make sure that your pet is staying adequately hydrated. Dehydration in pets can lead to complications such as vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Some warning signs include loss of skin elasticity, dry nose, and excessive panting. If you are taking your pet on walks or hikes in the heat, or even just bringing them outside for a session of play, we recommend getting a collapsible travel bowl for them, that way you can make sure your pet can drink when they need to. This could also come in handy for everyday excursions, like car rides or vet visits. 

Say No to Fleas & Ticks

While summer brings pets a lot of fun and play, it can also bring some unwanted pests. In most areas of the country, summer is when fleas and ticks are at their most active. This means you will want to keep this in mind, especially if you have pets who go outdoors frequently. We carry tons of reputable flea and tick products aimed at keeping your pets free of unwanted critters.

What we recommend for keeping fleas and ticks off of your pets:

For more information about fleas and ticks and keeping them off of your pets, check out our flea and tick blog.

Allergy Assistance 

During the summer months, fleas and ticks aren’t the only things that can make your pet itchy and miserable. Do you have a pet that deals with seasonal allergies? Some symptoms you can keep an eye out for include: 

  • Itchy flaky skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Running nose
  • Sneezing
  • Shaking head, scratching ears

If you find that your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, we recommend supplementing to help your pet get through the season. We recommend an excellent supplement to help with some of these symptoms. We have a detailed blog about seasonal allergies that you can check out for more information.

Cool for the Summer

Another way to make sure your pet stays cool is to invest in some tools for the outdoors. A cooling jacket is a great way to keep your pet’s temperature regulated while you’re out and about. To use this jacket, you soak it with water for about 30 minutes before using it. The jacket uses evaporation to cool your pet. As a bonus, it can be used in winter as well as it doubles as a thick insulated jacket without water in it.

If you’re taking your pet on long outdoor excursions or if they spend a lot of time out in the yard during the summer, we also might suggest getting an outdoor bed for them. This bed is filled with water like the jacket and can keep your pet cool even in hot temperatures.

These Boots Were Made For Protecting Toe Beans

An essential thing to keep in mind about summer is protecting your pet’s paws from the heat. Asphalt can reach temperatures of well over 130° Fahrenheit in the summer, and your pet’s paws can get burned by this. It is important if you’re taking your dog on summer walks to make sure that their paws are protected from the heat. We recommend Pawz Dog Boots for keeping your pet’s paws safe in summer and even in winter. 

Hopefully, after reading this, you and your pet are ready for some summer fun! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team of pet parents at 1-888-316-7297. Enjoy the season and stay cool!