[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. Our summer plans are working on the yard. We make sure our 3 dogs have flea and tick prevention, plenty of cold water for this Georgia heat, a place to keep cool with a fan on high blast, food, and lots of toys to fetch for.

  2. I love taking my dogs hiking

  3. They’ve got their flea and tick prevention. Plenty of water on hot days. They are totally inside dogs sp don’t go outside much lol. They don’t like their feet getting wet lol. Thanks

  4. no plans covid

  5. Summer play time,outdoor time,and exercise for the kitties. All 9 of them which are rescues. Just plan to enjoy them every day.

  6. Walking our pets daily

  7. We are planning on a trip after 2 years of no vacation from SC to The Smoky Mountains in TN with our kitty. My fiance’ has never been there nor has our fur baby girl so this will be an adventure! Really looking forward to it!

  8. Our summer plans are multiple days a week to the beach and the days we can’t make it to the beach or park my 7 year old son sets the dogs right up with a plastic baby pool (I call it a doggie pool) and after filling the doggie pool my son than continues to play with them (mostly our oldest she’s a boxer/rotti mix and absolutely loves to be sprayed in the face with water if you don’t she will mover her body so that she is being sprayed in the face and she acts like she catching the water)

  9. Hanging out with our new kitty, and taking him outside to play. He found us, so he is here to stay.

  10. Bijoux loves going out for car rides – she loves having the windows open.
    She gets to go everywhere where a dog is welcome.

  11. Jack and Jilly love the summer because mommy is home from work more (she’s a teacher). Summer plans will be lots of walks, backyard time, trips to the park, and even the beach!

  12. Lots of gardening, spending time outside in the pool, going to the beach and staying hydrated!

  13. #win keep plenty of water in and out of the house so my cat Midnight can have a drink when she needs it

  14. My fur babies (2 dogs 1 cat) get a bath and de-shedded for starters. I put out their cooling pads, give fresh cold water multiple times a day. I take my pups daily out to the park with sprinklers and let them run around. When I have to leave them at home, the air conditioner is always on. My cat could care less about dipping into some cold water lol

  15. Going to metro parks and playing outside. Enjoying some dog ice cream too!!!

  16. Kristin DillinghamJune 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    We’re driving to Florida next month and our dog is coming with us!

  17. Our summer plans will be enjoying as much time outside as possible! Would love to win this fabulous giveaway prize so our pups could truly be prepared! I’m not as prepared as I would like to be. Love learning about all the products I SHOULD have to be prepared though!👍

  18. My 12 year old rat terrier, Sadie, loves to get up early – 6 a.m.. She loves to get out before it gets too hot and
    smell around where all the neighborhood animals were roaming around. Then it’s in and out all day. She loves
    to be inside out of the heat, but when I go outside to work in the yard she wants to come out for all of 10 minutes
    then back inside.

  19. I take my 2 dogs walking so I make sure their rabies are uptodate and I have flea medicine for them. They love playing in the grass and then relaxing on the deck.

  20. We are going out in the boat and she has her shade and life jacket

  21. This would be great for my adopted outdoor cats.

  22. There is nothing or nowhere my girl will go or do without me, she’s happy as long as her window is down and she’s with her momma. I plan on taking her fishing and hiking. I will make sure she says in the shade and stays well hydrated. I may need to invest in sunscreen because she loves to sun bathe in the hottest parts of the day, (she like me we are not built to be in the sun but we love it anyways lol)

  23. Crystal V RiveraJune 10, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    We got our Yorkie Chip a kiddie pool for our yard and plan to let him Frolic in it on the warmer days.

  24. We have a puppy this summer and she loves water. We bought one of those small, plastic kiddie pool, put a little bit of water and let her roll in it!

  25. I get my babies ready for the creek , life jackets , swim suit and sun glasses. We love to travel so always have on hand doggy thermal water jug and treats ! We love summer!

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