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Summer Care for Older Dogs

Is your canine pal starting to go grey around the muzzle? Is Fido slowing down with age? If so, your pup is likely approaching—or already in—his golden years. While you won’t need to make any drastic changes to your dog’s care regimen, you will want to take extra care with him. This is especially important in extreme weather. Here, an Ellicott City, MD vet discusses summer care for older dogs.

Water

Make sure that Fido always has fresh, clean water. If you have a yard, a large home, or more than one pooch, set out multiple water stations. On hot days, you can drop a few ice cubes into your pet’s water.

Grooming

Dead fur and dander make dogs’ coats terribly hot and itchy. Keeping up with Fido’s beauty regime will also keep him cool. How often you need to brush or bathe your dog will depend on his breed, so ask your vet for recommendations.

Treats

Fido will never out grow his love of snacks. Buy or make your canine buddy some doggy ice cream. You can find it in many grocery stores. That’s bound to get your pet’s cute tail going!

Schedule

Older dogs can overheat very easily on scorching days. Walk and play with your four-legged friend in the mornings and evenings, when it’s not quite as sweltering out. Hopefully this goes without saying, but you should never leave Fido in a car unattended, even just for a minute. You’ll also want to try to avoid taking Fido from cool to hot areas too often, as those rapid temperature changes can be tough on him. We also recommend bring water along when walking your furry bff.

Swimming

Does your furry friend enjoy swimming? As long as your vet doesn’t object, go ahead and indulge him! This is a great way for older dogs to stay fit and active. The water will support Fido’s weight, which is easy on his bones and joints. Just be sure to put your pup’s safety first. Never leave him unattended near the water, even for just a few minutes. If you have a pool, keep it fenced off when it isn’t in use, so your pooch can’t accidentally fall in.

Please contact us, your local Ellicott City, MD vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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