July is here, which means that the sun is officially shining, and our dogs are just as happy as we are to see the nice weather. Along with the long days and warm nights, July brings us three important, month-long pet holidays. Dog House Repair Month, National Lost Pet Prevention Month, and National Pet Hydration Awareness Month all call July their own. Keep reading to find out the importance of each and the difference they can make for your canine companion.
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Dog House Repair Month
Some dogs enjoy spending all of their time indoors. Other dogs would love nothing more than to live outside. For those in the latter group, dog houses are typically a favored retreat during their time outdoors. The houses provide a dark place to snuggle up for a nap, warmth on chillier days, and shade during warmer days.
Just like with any other type of shelter, frequently checking your dog’s house is necessary to ensure it continues to be a safe, welcoming place for your pup. July is the perfect time to clean up the interior of their house and remove any pests that have potentially taken up living there too. Repairing and replacing any areas that may be chewed or damaged, and double-checking that there are no potential hazards such as loose or exposed nails; A happy, safe home for your favorite furry friend.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month
Every pet owner’s worst nightmare – losing their pet. July brings to us National Lost Pet Prevention Month and the extra reminder to take precautions to protect our furry family members. No matter how hard we try to ensure they are always safe at home, it is pertinent to guarantee they can make it back if they ever get lost.
Microchipping your pets is the quickest, most cost-effective way to do so. It will ensure that your beloved furry family member has the best chance of making it home to you in the event they ever get lost. Many local shelters offer low-cost microchipping events, and your regular veterinarian can provide the service if asked.
Once your pet receives its microchip, you must keep the information up-to-date if your phone number or address changes. If your pet is ever lost, any veterinarian or shelter will be able to scan the chip. They can then get in contact with you to reunite you with your pet.
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
Now that summer is here, and we will be spending a lot of time outside, it is easy to forget that our canines need extra hydration just like us. They can pant to cool themselves and seek shade, but they cannot hydrate without our help. Guaranteeing that they always have fresh, cool water is the main factor to keep our furry friends hydrated. They enjoy refreshing drinks just as much as we do, and they are just as important. Adding ice cubes to their water bowls is an easy addition to help keep their water cool and enticing.
Many people may think that dogs are the only ones that enjoy ice in their water, but our feline friends love it just as much. So make sure they are also enjoying a refreshing bowl of water on extra warm days.
If you are ever concerned about your pet’s hydration level, a simple skin elasticity test can determine that. Gently pinch your pet’s skin between your thumb and forefinger. If the skin springs back into position immediately, your pet is well hydrated. If it takes longer to settle into place, dehydration may be a concern. Contact your veterinarian if you have any inclination that your pet may be dehydrated. They cannot rehydrate like humans and may require intravenous fluids to get back to feeling their best selves.
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