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15 Summer Safety Tips Every Pet Parent Needs to Know

From helping your furbabies keep their cool to tips for safely maximizing your pet's summer fun, these tips will earn you a tail wag or two.

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Be Prepared for the Dog Days of Summer

From layering on SPF and chugging water to calling it quits and heading inside to cool off, people know their limits and the proper precautions to take when temperatures start soaring. As simple as it is for people to care for themselves, it's not so easy for our furry friends. As pet owners, we must take responsibility for our companions and protect them from the potential threats that come with the hot, humid months. Keep these tips in mind for wagging tails, appreciative purrs and sloppy kisses all summer long.

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Prioritize Flea + Tick Prevention

The word that comes to mind when I think of fleas and ticks? Yuck. Fleas and ticks are yuck indeed, but they're very common for cats and dogs exposed to warm, humid climates. Frequent baths, topical preventative ointments and full-body inspections are all helpful measures to protect your pet. ASPCA warns against using flea/tick prevention products intended for dogs on cats and vice-versa. Get the full run-down on these creepy crawlers from the ASPCA here, and read more information on how to spot them, treat them and prevent them like a pro.

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Pet-Proof Parties

Who doesn't love hanging out with pets during parties? Befriending the basset hound in the corner is half the fun, if you ask me. If you're throwing a summer soirée, be sure to pet-proof accordingly. ASPCA points out that many of the common snacks and sips people love are toxic for cats and dogs so keep any boozy beverages, chocolate, grapes (or raisins) and onion-clad bites far, far away from your four-legged friends.

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Book a Fresh Summer Grooming

Keep your pup protected from the elements (and looking fierce as ever!) with a proper summer grooming routine. Not sure what that looks like? Ask your veterinarian! While some dogs benefit from a summer shave, others are much better off with bi-weekly baths and routine brushing.

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