[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. It’s very hot and humid here in Arkansas so I try to get my 4 legged babies ready by walking them early abs then in evening after sun is down. I use my long hall way to play fetch
    It’s to hit and humid fir them outside and our home is our castle to live and live on our 4 legged babies

  2. We are planning to home 5 beautiful puppies, one who will be delivered to Vancouver WA in July. Right now we are busy with keeping the new family members clean cool and hydrated, in addition to managing an unexpected move here in Billings Montana.

  3. My dog Cash and I luckily can walk to the beach in the early mornings and evenings ! Summer fun ! He knows enough to cool off by wading in the water – won’t fully submerge himself ! When we do return to the air conditioning house I place a cooling collar on him for the day ! He definitely takes it slower during a heat wave ~

  4. Elena DanishevskayaJune 11, 2021 at 8:20 am

    We have nine dogs and six cats. While we can’t take all of our pets with us on vacations. We do take a significant amount, usually five. They travel with their own first aid kit and cooking gear to make sure whole we are outside they are nice and cool (otherwise they are in air conditioning.)

  5. We love taking Larry our lab for walks in the evenings when the temps have dropped. Larry loves laying on the air-conditioner vent when we get home!

  6. My Lab mix has thyroid problems and can only go on short walks–she has a wading pool in the back yard & smiles so much when she is in it.

  7. I’m careful about how much time in the sun our poodles get, especially when they get their hair cuts

  8. I go for lots of walks with the dogs in summer and cool them off with a dip in the lake on hot days.

  9. I like to take myself outside on a leash, but I plan to do it in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and pay attention to if he starts to get hot and needs to go back inside.

  10. We have all rescues Dogs Cats Rats Opossums and Birds. Wildlife always contacts with a Wildlife Rescue, same with spay, neuter. We keep two dogs now old and one has seizures, we keep four Cats, all Cats are outdoors, Feral to tame. We are a Veteran and Disabled home and love all God’s Creatures. Dogs no longer ride in cars due to a traumatic accident one caused my daughter. This summer slowly and surely teaching them riding is good, and not always end up at Vet. Also walking, adding more, the seizure dog gets too excited and seizes almost at the outside gate. We wait and he demands to push forward. Learning, one in harness go, the longer he anticipates the more likely a seizure. Also learning we humans need an outing, so once a week we treat ourselves. health permitting. Hoping, Praying for the win, Pets need it, we need it. Thanks for the chance

  11. All three pets have some form of flea and tick medications applied, keeping the lawn short and removing all standing water from the yard so we can enjoy a pest free summer at home!

  12. Margaret LiverejaJune 13, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    We love taking Mikey our Shepherd mix for walks in the morning and afternoon. We bring water for him to drink. Mikey loves laying on the air-conditioner vent when we get home!

  13. Nick and Nora, black Scottish Terriers get very shot on the summer. We walk early – like 6 AM and limit our time in the sun.

  14. Our summer plans are going to a beach house (dog friendly of course!) and just relaxing at home ! I have a one year old and we love to play outside with our dog Dozer he loves to go in his pool, play catch, and watch TV. He has his favorite dog movies we watch a few times a week and he sits there barking and watching the whole movie! Haha. I’d love to win this for my fur baby Dozer!!!

  15. We just opened our pool and our puppy loves it! So we’ll be spending lots of time in it.

  16. I make sure my cat has plenty of water and a bed in a cool space for her daytime napping as we’re at the park with our son.

  17. My cats like to go out aside so I make sure there is a fresh bowl of cold water available to keep them hydrated.

  18. I always bring a jug of cool water to the dog park for my dog and to share with the other dogs!

  19. Mocha loves to chase the squirrels up and down the fence row and take car rides. In August friends have blessed me with the use of their condo on the beach at Dalphin Island as a gift. Mocha has been invited too. She has never been to the beach! What fun that will be. She will be safe with her Revolution and we will meander back to KS.

  20. Charlene MallisonJune 13, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I have a Chihuahua and an pit they both get bothered by the flies and Tank , the pit , is black and dont like the sun. Iowa has been HOT for the last couple weeks. Poor babies!

  21. Cinderella McGrath-SmockJune 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    all rescue Dogs Cats Rats Opossums and Birds. Wildlife Rescue notified we spay, neuter. feral cats and dogs 2dogs now 9 and one has seizures, four Cats, outdoors, feral but friendly Feed roaming strays. Veteran and Disabled home love God’s Creatures. Dogs no longer ride in cars due to a traumatic accident with me. summer slowly teaching them riding is good, not always to Vet. walking, more, the seizure dog too excited seizes almost at gate. We wait and he demands to push forward. Learning, the longer he anticipates the more likely a seizure. learning we need an outing, ourselves. health permitting. Praying for the win, Pets need it, we need it. Thanks for Opportunity

  22. We will be mostly staying inside in the A|C when it gets hot. Right now we just need the fan to stay cool. Of course Oscar wants a blanket over his head regardless of the temp so I get out his summer blanket.

  23. Its really Hot here in Southern Arizona, gonna head up to the mountains to cool off with Ugo in a few weeks.

  24. I have two dogs and with this hot summer heat I’m always staying one step ahead making sure if we walk the cement isn’t too hot, taking them to the lake, making sure when we camp they get to cool off and rest in the camper with ac. Our pets are family!

  25. My cats are indoor only. So, there are no real plans

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