The warm weather is here or fast approaching and you know how to care for your own needs when it comes to the summer heat. Dogs, however, rely on you to care for their needs and safety. There are items available to keep your dog more comfortable and tips you can follow to help your pet through the hottest of summers. The friendly staff at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below (or one closest to your home) can help you with special tips and items necessary to provide a comfortable summer for your dog.
Such items as bandanas and vests can provide your dog some cool relief. It may sound strange to put something on your dog when he is already hot. After all, he is already wearing a heavy, hot fur coat! Well, these particular bandanas and vests contain pockets of water or cooling packs that can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer. Place those pockets in the holders to provide extra coolness for your pet. Besides this cooling devices, never forget to carry portable water dishes or bottles and ample cold water for drinking – for you and your pet.
Doggie sunscreen is another necessity for the outdoor pet. Dogs can get sunburn, especially those with light or white coats of fur with delicate thin skin. Hairless dogs like the Chinese Crested are especially susceptible to sunburn. Your local pet supply store can provide you with the best sunscreen option for your dog. Never use human products on your pets, including sunscreen.
Before enjoying any outdoor activities with your dog, be sure your pet is protected with flea and tick medications. Summer is a huge problem for fleas and ticks and they can be more than a nuisance for your pets. They can affect your dog with health problems such as skin irritation and rashes, fur loss, anemia, tapeworm and even the deadly Lyme disease. Prevention is the best medicine. All your pets should be protected well before the warm summer heat, as well as protection from heartworm disease and all the dangers of the infamous mosquito bite.
Summer can and should be a fun time for all, including your precious canine family member. Make sure the fun does not turn into disaster and worse by not taking the proper precautions. Protect your dog for the great outdoors in summer heat and enjoy a good, safe outing.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – http://www.rockfordvetclinics.com/, http://bellwoodvets.com/, http://www.petswelcome.com/illinois/rockford/veterinarians.html
http://www.perryvillepet.com/ , http://bellwoodvets.com/services_surgical.php – for all cat issues, go to – http://local.catster.com/Spay_Neutering_Rockford_IL-p3154-Rockford_IL.html
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/ or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – http://www.cvsphoto.com/home .
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