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Adventures With Fido

Do you like to take your dog out and about with you? Fido is a wonderful companion, and often loves accompanying his people to beaches and parks. Your pooch may also enjoy going hiking or camping. Just be sure to put your pup’s safety first. In this article, an Orangevale, CA vet discusses keeping your canine pal happy, safe, and healthy during short excursions.

Preventative Care

As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Keep your canine buddy current on his vaccinations and parasite control products.

ID

Making sure your pet is wearing ID is one of the best things you can do for him. Even the best dog can run off after a squirrel! If you haven’t gotten your furry friend microchipped, we strongly suggest that you see to this right away. Fido should also be wearing current ID tags.

Training

Proper training can help you keep Fido from approaching dangerous areas or running off after a squirrel. This is very important when taking your four-legged pal to beaches, parks, or hiking trails. All dogs should know simple obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If your pup doesn’t have these basics mastered yet, send Fido back to school!

Leash

Always keep Fido on a leash when you take him off your property. The only exception would be in areas that are completely fenced in.

Water

As you’ve probably noticed, California summers can get pretty hot! Always bring water for both you and your pooch. You may want to get collapsible doggy dishes. You can find lightweight plastic ones that fold down and fit into your wallet. Another good option is a doggy water bottle with an attached drinking bowl. If you are camping or hiking, don’t let Fido drink from unknown water sources. The water may not be safe!

Paw Care

Fido has very sensitive paw pads. Your pup could get painful burns, blisters, and abrasions from walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces! Use paw balm or wax to protect your canine companion’s paws. Just like human skin, doggy paws become very delicate when wet, so you’ll need to take extra care with Fido after he’s been swimming.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Orangevale, CA pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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