Summer is upon us in Minnesota, and it’s that time of year to make sure your dog is ready for another great blast of summer fun! While we spend a good deal of time outside, we also need to be sure we have our dogs ready to combat fleas, ticks, and ensure they’re prepared in case they meet other animals (that might be carriers of rabies, parvo, etc).
How To Get Your Dog Ready for Summer
Your dog should be protected against infectious diseases like leptospirosis, hepatitis, rabies, parvo and from distemper. Vaccines are effective for one year (hence most dog licensing). Be sure you keep your dog immunized and be sure they have other checkups as well – namely their teeth, nails, and coat. A vet will also check their stool possibly blood-work and glands.
Also not that females need more attention by your vet. If you travel, and depending on where you go, you may need to have all of their documents and health records readily available. As well, if you plan on boarding your dog, you will definitely need to provide paperwork showing that their immunizations are up to date.
The most common symptoms that warrant a visit to the vet are:
- Won’t eat
- Acute pain
- A temperature over 100 degrees
- A discharge of yellow mucus from the eyes or nose
- Bloody urine
- Blood in their stool
- Persistent vomiting, coughing
A visit to the vet before you head outdoors full time will help your dog tackle what could be coming for them at our local dog parks.