Summer is here and Tampa is a great place to go out and have fun with your pets. As long as you can keep your pet cool, these types of activities can be very rewarding to both you and your dog. Below is a short list of fun things to try with your canine companion this summer.
a) Go to the beach…..If your pet loves the water, or your trying to get them used to the water, the beach is a great time. Many dogs love to play in the waves and splash around with their owners so go ahead and give it a try. Some precautions include getting overheated and drinking to much saltwater. Both of these things can cause some illness so keep your eye on your canine playmate.
b)Take a hiking trip…..Contact your local parks with hiking trails and make sure they allow dogs. Once again, bring plenty of water and make sure your dog doesn’t get overheated.
c)Go to the dog park….The Tampa area has many dog friendly parks. Just make sure your dog is properly vaccinated and is up to date on it’s preventatives before venturing out.
d)Road trip!!….If your dog loves car rides, find a pet friendly destination and hit the road.
This is just a real short list of some summer time activities for you and your dog. Our Tampa veterinarians stress the fact that getting overheated is extremely easy with our current weather and make sure you take proper precautions to keep your pet safe. Planning exercise for either early in the day or later in the evening is a great idea.
If you have any questions about this or any other Tampa veterinary topic, please let us know. Our veterinary staff will be more than happy to get you answers.