As summer approaches, you may be planning some outings for you and your dog. It may be an excursion to a nearby canyon or simply longer outdoor walks in your neighborhood. Regardless, here a some of our recommended summer essentials for your dog as you both head out the door. 

Basic Hiking and Camping Gear 

If you’re planning a true outdoor excursion, be sure to have everything you need for your pet as well as you. Some items to bring include a sturdy leash, collapsible water and food bowls, and extra bottles of water for your pup. Additionally, bring along poop bags in case nature calls. If the trails are rough, it may be worth investing in a set of dog hiking booties or paw balm. Pet-friendly wipes are a great item to have to clean your pup’s paws and/or face. If you’re camping overnight, a foldable bed and a blanket would be good to have. And, of course, keep a basic first aid kit for both you and your pet on hand. 

At-Home Summer Essentials For Your Dog

And speaking of first aid kits, this item is a must-have for your home during the summer (or any season, for that matter). As you and your pet spend more time outdoors you may come across more instances where an accident occurs. A basic first aid kit for your dog includes styptic powder (for torn toenails) and hydrogen peroxide (to force them to vomit in case they ingest something bad). Additionally, your kit should include iodine, which not only cleans cuts and scrapes but also helps with itchy paws and skin. Plus, it isn’t toxic if your dog ingests a bit. Benadryl or Zyrtec are great allergy meds for dogs (speak with your vet about dosage) and can also help with a reaction to bug bites or stings.

 Swimming Must-Haves

Planning on taking your pup swimming this summer? For first-timers, it would be a good idea to have a fitted life vest for your pup, in case they can’t (or won’t) swim while in the water. It could also be a good idea to keep a waterproof bag on hand that contains any food or treats if you’ll be canoeing. A collapsible water bowl is also a must-have for your pup. A first aid kit and extra towels would also be ideal to keep with your gear. And, surprisingly, your pup may need sunscreen. This is an absolute essential for white-haired breeds and/or those with more exposed skin. Be sure to search for a pet-specific option and not one meant for people. 

Whether you’re going on an outdoor trip with your dog or simply taking them for more walks nearby, be sure to keep them safe and cool. And if you need any help with those local walks, let our team help! Reach out today to learn all about our top-notch dog walking services. 

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