Summer is here which makes us think about great outdoor activities such as swimming, barbecues, outdoor concerts, baseball games, camping, fishing and more.
If you’re an animal lover, you’re probably thinking about which of these fun activities you can do along with your pets. Dr. John Gicking of BluePearl said there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the summer with your pets. With each activity, he urges people to make sure their pets are well-supervised, with plenty of food and water. Also, make sure you have access to transportation in case an emergency occurs. By taking those precautions, you’ll relax and have a good time.
Here’s a list of summer activities for you and your pets:
- Discover the sunrise with your dog. Let’s face it, your dog always wants to go with you for a walk, even if it’s 100 degrees outside. But high temperatures can be downright dangerous for dogs – they don’t sweat like humans do, and have a hard time cooling down. So develop the art of the early morning walk. Temperatures will be cooler and you may enjoy the solitude of walking with your pup at a quieter time of day.
- Take your dog to the ball game. Many Major League and Minor League baseball teams have special times when it’s OK to bring your dog to the ballpark. Check with your local teams. Make sure to bring a leash and a water dish. But think twice if your dog is nervous or aggressive around others.
- Let your pet eat some sloppy snacks outside. Your dog will love homemade frozen treats called “pupsicles.” Read this article to learn how to make them.
- Do an online search for “indoor dog park.” You might be surprised at what comes up in your area. These venues can be a nice way to let your dog romp and play without enduring sweltering heat.
- Swim safely. If you have a backyard pool – even a kiddie pool – this can be a great way to have fun with your dog and cool off. Also, look to see if there is a designated dog beach in your area. But make sure to avoid the hottest times of the day, even when your dog is near the water. And be careful — not all dogs know how to swim.
- Many cats are indoor pets, so the suggestions above don’t make sense for them. Especially the swimming. So what can you do with cats? Here are two suggestions. First, cats love licking dripping water, so consider getting a “pet fountain” with recirculating water. This can be fun for your cat inside or outside. (Make sure to clean the fountain it regularly to prevent the growth of mold.) Second, you might be doing some gardening anyway this summer so… plant catnip!