[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 Cheryl Fowler in South Carolina and Blair Brakefield in South Carolina, our Week 2 Winners Susan Drees in Missouri and Cynthia Braus in Illinois, Week 3 Winners Jana Gramaglia in North Carolina and Lynda Walls, and Week 4 Winners Prudence Brown in Delaware and Dana Beatty in Michigan. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but check out our July Giveaway – and scratch for prizes!

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  1. We take walks with one of my cats so I’m just gonna make sure their flea meds are up to date.

  2. We will look for a bargain on Cosequin to keep Kitty from getting crystals.

  3. Since my cats are inside only, I have plenty of toys to keep them busy.

  4. Me and my 2 chihuahuas (Mac and Chapo) will be relaxing in the house with me, limited time outside since it’s super hot here in Arizona. We may go visit my mom their Grandma so they can see their siblings

  5. With the warmer weather we are enjoying getting outside more with our dogs Bella and Chloe, but also being sure that they have their flea and tick protection!!!

  6. We got our beagle Oliver a cooling mat for the hotter days and of course he is always in the AC!

  7. Patricia CrowleyJune 24, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    My dog Bronc will be diving into summer with Dock diving completion in Vermont! We are hoping for another Blue Ribbon this year 🏅

  8. My chihuahua goes into our garden and chooses what vegetable to mix in with her dog food. Besides walking she loves to swim as well dance, so she keeps fit all year round.

  9. We like to take our dog with us to the beach.

  10. Taking lot’s of evening walks with my 13 year old dog Jake, doing everything I can to keep him healthy. Also spending quality time with my cat Rascal who has cancer and diabetes and not alot of time left with us.

  11. trying to keep our American Eskimo Chase II cool from the heat and humidity; also the firecrackers and thunder storms.

  12. We are spending a lot of time with our puppy. Training is hard., but worth it in the end.

  13. Me and Boss Dog are constant companions to one another he deserves the best of everything he’s my hero!

  14. Making sure the water bowl is filled frequently with fresh water, and placing an additional water bowl on the patio. Important for all to stay hydrated in the summer heat!

  15. We are keeping our pets prepared for Summer by making sure they have lots of new summer safe toys and also that they are safe inside during this heat wave we are having here.

  16. My fur baby and I plan to play with his favorite toys indoors and do some walking outdoors, both of us drinking plenty of water (and maybe both of us having a few treats as well – he is my baby after all). 🙂

  17. We want to spend more time at the beach! Our puppy loves it!

  18. Flee & Tick season get your meds!

  19. My husband and I take our 2 Chihuahuas to the lake because they LOVE getting in the water, so we make sure our older girl takes her heart meds that she MUST take to live, plus plenty of water for the both of them, along with cooling pads, paw pad salve, doggie floats, doggie sunglasses, and plenty of treats! Definitely a must!

  20. Our Emily Is 19 Years Old Now But That Wont Stop Her From Having Fun In The Sun On Our Outdoor Patio Near The Beach. She Loves To Sun Bathe And Show Off To The Little Outdoor Feral 3 Feline Kids That We Care For Outside. She Lets Them Know That She Is Queen. All Of Them Enjoy The Summer. We Are Prepared With Flea Control Methods, Plenty Of Food,Fresh Water and Favorful Treats For All. Not Withstanding A Huge Colorful Beach Ball And Umbrella. Happy Summer 1(800) Pet-Meds. We Love You. ♡

  21. We live in Florida so being prepared is almost a year round job. The biggest thing we do is do walks super early and super late. We also do lots of playtime inside.

  22. Michael ChevillotJune 29, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I got my Yellow Labradour Retriever a kiddie pool that he loves to play in. I also make sure to keep him safe with tick and flea treatment. This is important as pets cannot talk to you and it would be hard to find out if they have been affected by a bite. Please keep them safer and have a Great 2021 Summer!!!

  23. My crazy loving goofy boxer girls sunbath even on the hottest days and need my Mama care and their waterproof flea and tick meds from 1800 petmeds to enjoy their sunbathing under the sprinkler and in their personal pool😊 Hurray for 1800petmeds and a lovely careless 2021 summer

  24. making sure my (chihuahua pug) Chesney gets his heartworm and flea and tick every month! We go for many walks during the day since he wont poop in the backyard unless its winter, lol. Its good bonding time anyways! Also i make sure during the 4th of July season I have the right medication on hand because he panics uncontrollably during the fireworks days. hes such a good support for the days that I just feel like giving up.

  25. I make sure chihuahuas get their flea and heartworm medication every month. We go for walks during the cooler part of the day. They love to get out everyday.

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