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Fun Ways to Keep Fido Cool

The Dog Days of Summer are just about here. While many of our canine pals love summer, the heat can be hard on them. Overheating is a huge danger at this time of year! When temperatures rise, the most important thing for you to do is to simply make sure that your dog always has shade and water. However, there are some other things you can do to help Fido beat the heat. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet lists some cute ways to help your four-legged friend stay cool.

Cooling Vest

Did you know that you can get cooling vests for your pooch? There are different types to consider. Some contain a cooling gel, and should be kept in the freezer. Others you just soak with water before putting them on your furry pal. Do some research before buying, and make sure to get the right size.

Bandana

Another thing you can do is wet a bandana, and hang it around Fido’s neck. Your pet will both stay cool and look adorable!

Summer Cut

Some dogs fare better with haircuts in summer. Of course, this isn’t an across-the-board recommendation, as some pups really should never be clipped. Ask your vet for advice.

Pool

Many pooches love to cool off by splashing around. Get a kiddie pool for your furry buddy to play in. Or, let Fido play in the spray from a hose or sprinkler. This can also make for some super cute photos!

Cold Treats

A yummy treat is bound to get your pet’s cute tail going! Get Fido some doggy ice cream. You can find it in many stores. You can also make your own. For a base, you can use plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, bacon grease, organic baby food, and/or gravy. You can also add things like shredded meat, cheese, bacon bits, peas, carrots, or bits of kibble. Just stick with ingredients that are safe for dogs.

Comfy Bed

Try pointing a fan at or over your four-legged buddy’s bed. You can also freeze towels in large freezer bags, and put those on your pet’s bed at night. Or, add a cooling pack beneath a thin towel.

Please feel free to contact us if there’s ever anything we can do for you. As your Norwalk, CA animal clinic, we’re here to help!

Pool Safety for Fido

Summer is coming up quick! Many of our canine patients enjoy swimming. There’s nothing wrong with that: swimming is not only a fun way for Fido to cool off, it’s also a great workout. However, pools can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet lists offers some tips for keeping your furry pal safe poolside.

Swim Lessons

Although some dogs take to the water very naturally, not all pups are born swimmers. If Fido can’t swim, it’s worth your while to teach him. Support your furry friend’s weight as he is learning, and encourage him with compliments and praise. Never, ever try to teach a dog by throwing them into the water. Some pups will just sink like stones. Even if Fido does sort out the doggy paddle, he may be so frightened by the experience that he absolutely hates water after.

Exit

One thing that is very important is making sure your dog knows where the pool stairs are. This is extremely important! Dogs can panic very quickly if they fall into a pool and don’t know how to get out. Spend some time on this training, and test Fido’s memory by going to the opposite side of the pool from the stairs and calling him to you.

Water

Speaking of water, your canine companion will get very thirsty running and playing with his friends. Don’t let Fido drink pool water! Chlorine and other chemicals really aren’t something you want your pet ingesting. Make sure that your dog always has fresh water available.

Paw Care

Fido’s feet get very delicate when they are wet. Your four-legged buddy can easily get blisters from running around on concrete, sand, or gravel after going swimming. Try to keep your dog on soft ground, and use paw balm to protect his paws.

Pool Covers

Pool covers are another hazard. Dogs sometimes think that they are solid surfaces, and try to walk on them. This can be very dangerous! 

Fencing

We strongly recommend blocking the pool off when it isn’t in use, just as you would if you had a toddler around. This goes double for people with very small dogs, puppies, senior dogs, pooches with mobility issues, and dogs with vision impairment.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Caring For Your Dog’s Paws

Dogs fill our lives with love and joy, and really make our houses into homes. That joyful happy dance Fido does when you come home is always adorable! Of course, your pooch can’t really jump for joy if his paws hurt. In fact, Fido’s feet are crucial to his health and well-being! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on caring for your dog’s paws.

Claws

Overgrown nails can be quite uncomfortable for your pet. Be sure to keep Fido’s claws clipped! If you are nervous about doing it yourself, ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. You can also just call us to schedule a pawdicure.

Heat

Don’t forget that your canine companion is running around barefoot. In summer, your furry pal can burn his paws on hot sand, cement, or tar. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on, it’s too hot for Fido. Paw palm can also help protect and moisturize your dog’s sensitive paw pads.

Swimming

Dogs’ paws are extra delicate when they are wet. Be very careful with Fido after he’s been wading or swimming! Keep your pup on soft ground as much as you can.

Toe Fur

Some dogs have cute little tufts of fur growing between their toes. It’s best to trim these, as otherwise Fido could get gum or other gunk entangled matted in his foot fur. Needless to say, this is pretty uncomfortable!

Chemicals

Chemicals, such as fertilizers, are also harmful to dogs’ paws. Try to avoid walking your furry friend through recently-treated areas. You may also want to get into the habit of wiping Fido’s paws down before you bring him back inside. This will also help remove pollen and dust.

Walking

Keep an eye on the ground when walking Fido. Steer him around hazards like broken glass or sharp rocks. If you take your furry buddy to the beach, you’ll also need to be careful of broken sea shells.

Tip

Does your canine pal hate having his paws handled? Offer him a yummy snack every time he does a paw trick like Shake or Gimme Five. Fido may suddenly become much more enthusiastic about having his feet touched!

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.