[Giveaway] June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

June has finally arrived, and it’s time to make plans to soak up the sun with your four-legged family members. From road trips to shore side getaways, there’s so many fun memories to be made this summer.

In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, here our best tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy on the hottest days of the summer. Plus, enter the Get Pets Prepped for Summer Giveaway for a chance to win a Summer Pet Preparedness Package for your cat or dog!

Pets Get Sunburned Too
For pets with white or light-colored fur, or those with spare fur on some areas of their body, skin protection on sunny days is a must. Pets can get painful, stinging sunburns, and they can also develop skin cancer from prolonged sun exposure.

Unless you have a Chinese Crested dog or Sphynx cat, you do not need to apply sun protection to your pet’s whole body. Apply a pet-safe sunscreen to areas with sparse fur, such as their ears, above their nose, and their belly.

Most made-for-humans sunscreen contains zinc oxide, which is toxic if ingested. We love My Dog Nose It because it’s safe, natural, and water-resistant. It also moisturizes while it protects, keeping your dog’s skin soft and healthy.

Water Is Good, Hydration Is Better
Have you ever drank a ton of water, only to still feel thirsty? Drinking a lot of water actually dilutes essential minerals in the blood, causing an electrolyte imbalance. For humans, an electrolyte-replenishing sports drink helps replenish minerals and moisture eliminated through sweat.

Cats and dogs should always have access to fresh, clean water. On hot days, especially on outings during which your pet may be getting a lot of exercise, it can be difficult to keep your pet hydrated. They may not drink enough water, or the water may be missing the electrolytes they need on a hot day.

Most pets enjoy fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, bananas, and mangoes. They’re healthy and well-tolerated when given in moderation as a snack.

You can also give your pet plain yogurt or kefir, or bone broth. As with all “people food” treats, make sure anything you give your pet is free of added sugar, salt, and seasonings. 

Watch For Overwhelm
Everyone’s excited for warmer weather, and that may mean your favorite dog park is more crowded than ever, or your local downtown is packed with people and their pets. While friendly pets may say, “the more, the merrier,” most animals have a threshold for how much stimulation they can handle. Keep this in mind before you let your dog off-leash in a new area, as they may find it harder to listen to you when they’re overstimulated by sights and smells.

If your pet isn’t a fan of making friends in a crowd, try visiting your favorite hangouts in the early morning. For small pets, a stroller or carrier can give them a reprieve from a crowded or overwhelming environment.

Enter the Get Pets Prepped for Summer Giveaway!
To celebrate National Pet Preparedness Month, 1800PetMeds® is giving away a Summer Pet Preparedness Package to 8 lucky winners throughout the month of June.

Cat winners will receive a Summer Pet Preparedness Package containing Flys-Off Insect Repellent for Dogs & Cats, Miracle Care Liquid Bandage Spray for Dogs and Cats, Tomlyn Relax and Calm Chews, and a Dexas Snack Duo.

The Summer Pet Preparedness Package for dogs contains Flys-Off Insect Repellent, Miracle Care Liquid Bandage Spray, Tomlyn Relax and Calm Chews, and My Dog Nose It Sun Protection for Dogs.

The 1-800-PetMeds® Get Pets Prepped for Summer Giveaway runs from Tuesday 06/01 through Wednesday 06/30. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win. Two winners will be notified each week on Monday 6/7, 6/14, 5/21, and 6/28.

To enter, share you and your pet’s Summer plans below.

Win A FREE Summer Pet Preparedness Package!
Get pets prepped for Summer!  Comment below about your Summer plans and how you’re keeping your pet prepared and you could win a FREE Summer Pet Preparedness Package from 1800PetMeds! Two winners will be chosen at random Each Monday in June starting 6/7/21, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of eight (8) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!  

Congrats to our Week 1 Winners Walter Ciaston in New Jersey and Cheryl Fowler in South Carolina, our Week 2 Winners Susan Drees in Missouri and Cynthia Braus in IL, and our Week 3 Winners Jana Gramaglia in North Carolina and Lynda Walls. Look out for an email from us!

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  1. I love ordering from 1-800 petmds,shipping is always fast and reliable. I would love to be able to take my Sparkie camping and fishing this summer here in Alaska. He loves the outdoors and he always helps me catch the fish in fact his favorite toy is fishy! He’s had him for 14 years. Best partner I’ve ever had. I just had brain surgery so don’t think I’ll be able to take him this year but just gives us more to look forward to next year!

  2. My dog loves the beach! We plan on taking long walks together so we both Bret our exercise!

  3. We will take our dog on hikes and play in the lake in Maine, he loves it!

  4. Got a doggie pool to help them stay cool in the heat!

  5. buying the flea med early

  6. I have one cat who loves to sunbathe in this one spot in the yard. He’s getting older so I will have to physically go get him and bring him in, against his wishes, to join his brother and sister in “their” house with the ac and fans. <3

  7. I have cats and dogs. The cats will lounge around but as for my boxador he will enjoy time at the lake swimming and boat rides

  8. Teddy and myself will be taking some long walks and enjoying some bon fires. Teddy will also be trying to catch the fire flys at night.

  9. I have cats and dogs. We will be taking long walks in the evening.

  10. Dusty SummerfordJune 19, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    We do a lot of weekend travels to creeks and lakes. My girls love to swim and I love playing in the water with them.

  11. Linda K RichardsJune 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    We love the summer and we like to take walks by the beach in the stroller. We really enjoy the outdoors watching families having fun😁🌞😎

  12. My 2 poms, Shiloh and Sequoia, loves the lake and the beach! We will be taking them to the beach so the can chase the seagulls and try to body surf when a wave comes in. Of course, its just small wave in shallow water. Well also be spending a lot of our time at the lake. We have to fence them up cause when our backs are turned and before we know it, they are in the water! They just love it!

  13. We bring the dogs to the lake every weekend during the summer. We make sure they have plenty of shade and water (in a Yeti dog dish!). Occasionally one of the dogs goes for a swim, but the other one just lounges on wet towels 👌🏻

  14. My cats love the summer breezes in their catio, they’re in it day and night!!

  15. My dog Athena and I are taking a few trips to the Smoky Mountains. Being outdoors and getting out on the trails are our favorite things to do!

  16. My boxer loves his walks but in the summer we wait until before sunset to go so his paws stay cool on the pavement.

  17. We plan on a lot of outside time and will be chasing the shade as much as possible. Exploring bugs and finding sticks will be part of our normal learning since this is our first summer together. Bringing my dogs favorite toys outside will definitely be a early morning activity before it gets too hot out and of course making sure lots of drinking water is available!

  18. We are taking shorter walks and making sure fresh drinking water is always available.

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