Have you recently welcomed a new puppy into your home? Congratulations! You are definitely in for some adorable moments over the next few months. Summertime can be really fun for little Fido … but it can also be quite dangerous. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet offers some puppy safety tips below.
Rule # 1: Keep your canine companion hydrated. You may want to set out more than one watering station. If you have a yard, make sure little Fido always has water outside.
Watch For Overexertion
Puppies can get tired out very quickly, especially when they’re running and playing. Overexertion can increase little Fido’s risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. When walking or playing with your furry friend, take lots of water breaks.
You’ll be doing both your canine buddy and your future self a big favor by getting him used to having his paws handled now, while he’s still little. Keep his nails clipped, and use paw balm to moisturize and protect those cute feet.
Offer Cool Treats
Want to get little Fido’s tail going? Offer him a yummy snack! You can find doggy ice cream in many stores. Cold sodium-free broth is also an option. Ask your vet for more suggestions.
It’s never a bad idea to teach puppies how to swim. Just be very careful! Support your pet as he is learning, and keep a very close eye on him when he’s near water. We also recommend getting a doggy lifejacket for your furry friend.
Plan Playdates Carefully
Training and socialization are both on the agenda. Fido will definitely benefit from hanging out with older dogs. However, you’ll need to choose your canine pal’s buddies carefully. It may take a few rounds of boosters before little Fido is fully protected against diseases. You don’t want him exposed in the meantime!
Little Fido should always travel in a crate. This will be easier on him if he is used to it from day one! We also can’t overstate how dangerous it can be to leave your pooch in a locked car. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can soar to deadly levels in just minutes.
There are few things cuter than puppies happily playing in the sun. Snap lots of photos!
Do you have questions about puppy care? Contact us, your Cherry Hill, NJ animal clinic, today!