dog days of summer

Summer is approaching quickly and though we may get lost in planning beach getaways, enjoying BBQs and tending to our gardens, it’s very important to keep our four-legged family members top-of-mind.

I know the first thing I think of when the temps rise is throwing the top down on my Jeep and cruising to some lake or some other fun destination with Jon (and Yaz in the back seat). When pets are in our lives they obviously bring unconditional fun and love, but they need to be taken care of–DUH.

Heat Inside CarNow that may sound elementary, but last week I saw a dog left alone in a car and asked myself, “Do people even think anymore?!” Luckily another woman in the store saw the dog and alerted the staff, and the situation was taken care of. Now, you make say that it hasn’t been that hot lately, and the dog was only in the car for 10-15 minutes… but unfortunately that is really all it takes.

There are two great resources I’ve come across for all things dog in the summer months and thought I’d share them with you:

  1. Bring Fido– not only shares dog-friendly parks, but beaches, events, hotels, trails & campgrounds throughout New Hampshire.
  2. ASPCA– gives hot weather tips for your pets and other precautions you may not be aware of.

One last summer tip is for you dog-and-garden-loving folk. We seem to always protect our garden from pests and wild animals, but it’s also important to protect your dog from the garden. Labs especially have no problem eating whatever is in front of them, and just because fruits & veggies are great for us, certainly doesn’t mean they’re great for the pups.

Some healthy snacks that Yaz has thoroughly enjoyed:

  • Apples – without seeds or core Lab celery
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon – without seeds
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Frozen bananas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots – raw or cooked
  • Sweet Potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Celery

And, some not-so-healthy snacks:

  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Onions/Chives
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Fruits with pits (peaches, cherries, & plums)
  • Nuts

Please note that I am in no way, shape or form, a veterinarian, and you should absolutely run things by your doc before feeding them to Fido 🙂

Does anyone have any more summer dog tips or ideas?

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