[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 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.
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!