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Everything You Need to Get Your Pet Ready for Summer

While you and your family get ready for summer, fun in the sun, parties and barbecues, and vacations, don’t forget your pet! Whether you plan on taking your pet with you on a family vacation or boarding him at a reputable kennel, there are certain things you can do to make sure he’s comfortable all summer long. Take a look at these tips for everything you need to do to get your pet ready for summer:

Supervise Your Pet’s Outdoor Time

Don’t let your pet spend time outside in the heat and sun without you. Pets can suffer from dehydration and heat exhaustion very quickly during the summer. Make sure your pet always has access to clean, fresh water. Don’t let your pet use the pet door to go outside unsupervised when it’s over 80 degrees outside. 

Schedule a Visit with the Veterinarian

Summer is the perfect time to check in with your veterinarian and make sure your pet is up to date on his vaccinations. You should also get a full check-up to evaluate his overall health and wellness. Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s flea and tick prevention and heartworm medication. This is especially important if you’re going out of town or leaving your pet with a kennel or pet sitter.

Give Your Pet a Haircut

Some pets, even cats, need a summer haircut in order to stay comfortable in the hotter months. If your pet has long, thick hair or an undercoat, your groomer can trim his fur, so he stays cooler throughout the summer. 

Find a Reputable Boarding Facility

If you do plan on going out of town without your pet, make sure you find a reputable boarding kennel or pet sitter. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations, and always check references. Leave a list of important numbers with your pet sitter or kennel, including the number for your veterinarian. 

Don’t forget to schedule a check-up with your veterinarian! Your veterinarian can make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and healthy enough to take on vacation or board at a kennel.