Taking Your Dog Out and About

As the weather warms up, many of us will be heading outside. Fido loves going to new places, and would be more than happy to accompany you hiking, camping, or just exploring. Just be sure to put your canine buddy’s safety first! Here, a Michigan City, IN vet discusses taking your dog out and about.

ID

One of the best things you can do for your furry best friend is to make sure that he is microchipped and is wearing proper ID tags. We also recommend keeping copies of Fido’s paperwork with you. Put photocopies in your glove compartment, or take pictures of them with your phone.

Training

All dogs should know basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important! Proper training can keep your furry pal from approaching dangerous areas or wild animals. It can also stop him from running off after a squirrel.

Preventative Care

Make sure Fido is up to date with his vaccinations and parasite control products. It’s much easier—and cheaper—to protect your four-legged pal from dangerous parasites and diseases, like heartworm, than it is to treat him for them.

Water

Whether you’re going hiking, camping, or swimming, or visiting a dog park, make sure to bring along plenty of water for both you and Fido. You may want to get collapsible doggy dishes, which are very lightweight and easy to carry. Don’t let your pet drink from unknown water sources, like ponds or streams. The water may not be safe!

Puppy Pickup

Always pick up after your canine pal. In some areas, you may be able to bury Fido’s waste, but be sure to check local regulations first.

Heat/Overexertion

Dogs can easily overheat, especially in hot weather. After all, Fido is wearing a fur coat! Keep a close eye on your pet. If he starts panting heavily, or lagging behind, give him some water and let him rest for a while. If he doesn’t improve, call your vet immediately.

Paw Care

Be sure to keep your furry friend’s nails clipped! Long nails make it hard for Fido to gain traction, and can also get torn and/or infected. If you’re uneasy doing it yourself, just call us to schedule a quick peticure.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Michigan City, IN pet clinic, today!