[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. My.plan is to take all 6 of dogs hiking in July but in the meantime.We are wear lifevests at the lake and swimming.

  2. Miranda RutledgeJune 8, 2021 at 5:20 am

    Alex is a Yorkie king…. Last fall he survived a battle with copperhead. One his mother did not. As traumatic (and expensive) as his 0 day ICU stay he battled nack to hos spry 7lb self. He is 10 yrs okd and now quite spoiled. This summer we plan to watch squirrels and eat string cheese. & greenies. We will be happy!!!

  3. They plan to hang out in the AC and relax

  4. Samoyed puppy weathering the heat on top of cooling pads and AC vents but happy as can be.

  5. Karen DietschweilerJune 8, 2021 at 7:41 am

    2 of our 3 Bassets are blind. AC and short walks are our goals,

  6. Tania Escalon SimpsonJune 8, 2021 at 8:10 am

    I just bought a kiddie pool for our new German Shepherd daughter. Ours plans are to hike in shaded woods once the cicadas die off.

  7. Ottie plans to hang out camping in the New Mexico mountains and keep an eye on all the squirrels – wait Squirrels!

  8. My 2 dogs and cats will be at the local pet spa enjoying grooming, manis and pedi’s while my family enjoys a vacation in Tennessee visiting my baby granddaughter and hiking trails to beautiful waterfalls.

  9. My summer plans with my dogs is to pamper them as much as I can. Our 14 yr old lab Hobbes is on the last leg of his journey to the Rainbow Bridge (it can be any time now) so I want to spend as much time with him as possible before he goes. His sister, my Pomeranian Cassie Jo, will be lost without him so I will be spending as much time with her as possible as well. Showering them both with love and attention I guess is my summer plans with them.

  10. Keeping my 3 dogs in the house in the air conditioning, letting them out a few times a day to play and exercise without getting too hot. They’re our spoiled fur kids. 🥰

  11. My plans and my cats (I have four) Summer plans are to stay cool and veg. Cats like that!!!!

  12. Enjoying the air conditioning during the day and walks at night

  13. My plan is to stick to a rigid schedule on the fleas and tick medicine, while making sure my cats don’t slip outside!

  14. My Yorkie poo, doodle bop and I love to take mini road trips over the summertime. He gets super excited when we get ready to leave, and loves to sit in the front (with his seat belt on, of course!) Doodle is a very protective companion, so we aren’t big fans of crowded areas, but we do love to be outdoors when it’s not too hot, or in the evening while I’m gardening as well.

  15. Our plans are to do some hiking and lots of walks. We love to try and find new swimming holes. We have flea and tick medicine.

  16. My 2 cats are indoor only cats but I plan to hang out at home with them a lot and to keep them in air-conditioned comfort.

  17. On cooler days they will run in the yard. If the humidity is high my husky will position himself right in front of the central air vent.

  18. Ellie, my Shepherd/Beagle mix, 4 weeks ago, had 8 healthy puppies. I am getting an outside kennel ready for them(8? In the house? Can’t do it!) until each finds their forever home. Quite a big, expensive job.

  19. My plan is to go on a family vacation in July, including our Beagle. It will be his first big trip!

  20. I love trips to the local park in the evening when the weather is cool enough with my dogs. Plenty of water, and bug spray for trips.

  21. I😊 will be making sure I am keeping my dog, Bandit🐶 well hydrated💦 this summer☀️ while we spend alot of time swimming🏊‍♀️ at the lake🏞.

  22. Bring ice cold water during a shorter walk. We give extra car rides and keep the ac on in the car. After a decent car ride, we go home and stay in the ac.

  23. Our pup has his own luggage, tote bags of treats, and kennel crate loaded in the van. Our family in North Carolina is having other necessities like food when we get there. He’ll finally have a playmate down there.

  24. My Cocker Spaniels love the water! We plan on hitting some lakes so they can dive in!

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