Summer is just around the corner, and it's essential to prepare your pets for the warmer months ahead. As a Wagmo Wellness member, you have access to a range of preventive health services that can help your pets stay healthy and comfortable during this time. In this blog, we'll discuss various aspects of your wellness plan to utilize during the summer, including dog grooming, vaccines, flea and tick medication, and answers to trending summer-related questions on VETalk.

Dog Grooming for Heat

As the temperature rises, it's important to pay extra attention to your dog's grooming needs to ensure their comfort and well-being. Proper grooming helps your furry friend stay cool by removing excess fur, preventing matting, and promoting better air circulation. Let's explore the significance of grooming, how to choose the right groomer, and the importance of at-home maintenance.

  1. Importance of grooming: Regular grooming is essential to help your dog stay cool and comfortable in the heat. Grooming removes excess fur, prevents matting, and promotes better air circulation.
  2. Choosing the right groomer: Ensure you select a professional groomer who is familiar with your dog's breed and coat type to provide the best possible care.
  3. Timing: Schedule grooming appointments at the beginning of the summer and as needed throughout the season.
  4. At-home maintenance: In between grooming appointments, brush your dog regularly to remove loose hair and prevent tangles.

Summer Vaccines

During the summer months, your pets may be more susceptible to various diseases due to increased outdoor activity and exposure to other animals. Ensuring your pet's vaccines are up to date is crucial for their overall health and protection. We'll delve into the importance of protecting your pet against summer diseases, common vaccines to consider, and scheduling tips for timely vaccination.

  1. Protecting against diseases: Summer is a time when pets are more likely to be exposed to various diseases. Ensure your pet's vaccines are up to date to keep them protected.
  2. Common summer vaccines: Consult with your veterinarian about vaccines for diseases such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine parvovirus.
  3. Scheduling: Plan your pet's vaccination appointments well in advance to ensure they receive timely protection.

Flea and Tick Medication

Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance but can also pose serious health risks to your pets. With these pests being more prevalent during the summer months, it's essential to take preventive measures to keep your pets protected. We'll discuss the importance of flea and tick prevention, choosing the right medication, and the need for consistent application.

  1. Importance of prevention: Fleas and ticks are more prevalent in the summer, and preventing infestations is crucial for your pet's comfort and health.
  2. Choosing the right product: Consult with your veterinarian to select the most suitable flea and tick medication for your pet's needs.
  3. Consistency: Administer flea and tick medication regularly, as directed by your veterinarian, to maintain continuous protection throughout the summer.

As pet parents, it's natural to have questions and concerns about keeping your pets safe and comfortable during the summer months. Our VETalk telehealth service is here to help you address those concerns. We'll share some of the most common summer-related questions we've received on VETalk, along with expert advice on how to tackle these issues.

  1. How can I keep my pet cool during hot weather? - Provide fresh water, shade, and a cool place to rest, avoid walking during the hottest hours, and consider using cooling mats or vests.
  2. Is it safe to shave my dog's fur for summer? - Shaving a dog's fur can lead to sunburn and overheating. Instead, opt for a professional grooming session to trim the coat appropriately.
  3. Can I use human sunscreen on my pet? - It's best to use pet-specific sunscreens, as some ingredients in human sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations.
  4. How do I prevent my pet from overheating? - Monitor your pet for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, lethargy, or vomiting. If you suspect overheating, move your pet to a cooler area and consult your veterinarian.

As you transition into the summer months, it's essential to use your Wagmo Wellness plan effectively to ensure your pet's health and happiness. By focusing on grooming, vaccines, flea and tick prevention, and addressing common summer concerns, you'll be well-equipped to enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer with your furry friend. Don't forget to take advantage of the 24/7 telehealth service, VETalk, to address any summer-related questions or concerns that may arise.