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Dog Park Safety Tips

One great thing about living in Tampa is our warm weather. While many of our friends up north are bundling up against frigid winters, we’re still able to soak up some sunshine. Our canine pals also benefit from our climate, as they get to run and play outdoors all year long. One great way for Fido to get some fresh air and exercise is by visiting the dog park. Here, a Brandon, FL vet offers some suggestions on taking your pet to a park.

Training

Make sure you can control your dog at all times. Before you take Fido to a park, make sure he knows basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

ID

We strongly recommend microchipping Fido. Also, make sure that your records are correct in the chip manufacturer’s database. Your canine companion should also be wearing current ID tags.

Preventative Care

Dog parks are a high-risk location for heartworms, which are spread from pup to pup via mosquitoes. Keep up with Fido’s parasite prevention products. Your furry buddy should also be current on his vaccinations. Keep copies of his paperwork with you, either in your car or on your phone.

Heat

Fido can overheat and/or get dehydrated very quickly by running and playing with his friends on hot days. Always bring water along for your pooch. You may want to get a water bottle with an attached dispenser. Keep an eye on your furry pal, and watch for warning signs. Panting is usually the first one you’ll spot. If you know or suspect that your pet is getting too hot, immediately give him some water and take him to a cool area. Call your vet if signs persist.

Fido’s Buddies

Before letting Fido off leash, take time to watch the pups in the park. Look for pooches that are acting aggressive or unruly and/or bullying other dogs. Also, watch for female dogs that may be in heat. If you see dogs fighting or acting rowdy, take your canine buddy for a walk instead, and try again later.

Timing

If possible, avoid going to the park during peak times. You also don’t want to stay too long, or linger long after dark. Aim for about a half hour to an hour tops.

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Hot Weather Care For Dogs

Florida is a beautiful place to live. However, the Sunshine State isn’t exactly known for balmy summers. This time of year can actually be quite dangerous for our canine companions. After all, Fido is wearing a fur coat! Read on as a Brandon, FL vet discusses caring for your dog in hot weather.

Water

Making sure your canine friend stays hydrated is always important, but it’s especially crucial in hot weather. You may want to set out multiple water stations, especially if you have a yard, more than one dog, and/or a big house. Consider getting an automated waterer or a pet fountain. You can also drop a few ice cubes into Fido’s bowl on scorching days.

Schedule

Fido will be both safer and more comfortable indoors, in climate-controlled rooms. Try to limit your pup’s outdoor time around midday, which is the hottest part of the day. Walk and play with Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s at least a little cooler out.

Cold Treats

Want to get that cute tail going? Pick up some doggy ice cream for Fido in a local pet store or grocery market. You can also make your furry pal some homemade cold treats. Look online for recipes. Just be sure to stick to pet-safe ingredients.

Brushing

Brushing your four-legged buddy will not only keep his fur looking soft and smooth, it will also help keep him cool. Dead fur and dander make your dog’s coat hot and itchy, and can hamper the insulating properties of Fido’s coat.

Paws

Your canine pal is running around barefoot. That can get pretty uncomfortable at this time of year! Use paw balm or wax on Fido’s furry feet, and try to keep him on soft ground as much as possible. This is extra important after your pooch has been swimming. Just like human skin, dogs’ paw pads become very delicate when they are wet.

Safety

We can’t stress enough how dangerous it can be to leave a dog in a locked car in hot weather. It only takes a few minutes for temperatures to reach deadly levels in vehicles! If you can’t take your pooch indoors with you at your destination, leave him safe and sound at home instead.

Please contact us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We are always happy to help!