(NC) As you get excited to spend time in the great outdoors with your four-legged friend, it’s important to be prepared and keep them healthy. Read on for five basic safety tips.
- Update your contact information. Make sure your pet’s identification tags list your cottage’s phone number and address. If your dog is microchipped, call the provider to give them your details so they know where to reach you.
- Leash up. Even if your dog has strong recall at home, they can easily wander off at the cottage and become lost or have a dangerous run-in with a wild animal. Keep your dog leashed on walks or anchor a long leash so they can run around freely (and safely) outside.
- Bring a life jacket. If you’re going on a boat with your dog, always have them wear a dog-friendly life jacket, even if they are a strong swimmer. This is to protect them if the water is too cold or rough. And if your dog accidentally falls in, it’s easier to pull them back on board.
- Be prepared. In case of an emergency, it’s important to have information for a 24-hour animal hospital in an easily accessible place.
- Prevent critters. Staying at the cottage means your dog will have higher exposure to fleas, ticks and parasites. Talk to your veterinarian about an all-in-one monthly protection option in an easy-to-give format to protect your dog against internal and external parasites. Find more information at parasitepolice.ca.