[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 are currently on our summer vacation 🙂 rented a lake house in the Ocala national forest. Wylie loves to swim and will spend the entire day playing in the water. He has burn scars on his back from an accident during neutering at a vet office and we use My Dog Nose It to keep his scars from getting sun burnt.

  2. Colleen I AlbertsonJune 3, 2021 at 11:22 am

    We have plenty of water for our dog and try and limit her outdoor activity when it is very hot out to early in the day or night time once the Sun goes down . if we take her any place we always make sur we have plenty of water for her and take frequent breaks so that she does not get over heated when playing or walking and try and avoid jot pavement when ever possible so her paws do not get burned.

  3. It’s CRAZY tick season right now so trying to get prepared for that!!

  4. On hot days we pull out a small childs pool & add some water so our dog can splash & cool off!

  5. I’m getting a new puppy this week. He’s a french bulldog, so I know I’ll have to be prepared for the heat. We got him a cooling mat, vest and tons of toys to keep him entertained inside the home.

  6. Sam would really love to win he is a therapy dog and is always busy.

  7. It gets very hot here and the animals like to cool off on the tile floor after their walks or time out on the patio. They are all given their flea and tick medications monthly so are ready to head outside.

  8. My pets and I are just planning on hanging out at home, enjoying our backyard, playing ball, running around and enjoying the sunshine. It’s nice to have the warm weather back again so we’re not stuck in the house! We would love anything that would make time in our backyard more fun! Keeping the bugs off is of course a priority and one of our babies is white and I do worry about her getting sunburned. Our other two babies love to lounge in the sun for extended periods and I want to keep them protected. We would love all of this and they would definitely bark a great big thank you in unison!

  9. Me and Buddy is always outside and I want him protected at all times since it’s summer I always have to take baby wipes to wipe his feet off before coming in the house and plus having his friends over at times have to be on the safe side

  10. We are hanging at home playing fetch and frisbee, lots of walks and doing some hikes at parks and trails. We Cool down with our kings filled with yummy and healthy treats alot with lickimatts. Our pawrents are getting us a doggy pool toy and sprinkler!

  11. My husband and I will be taking Toby with us quite often to the local dog beach! He loves dipping just his toes in the water and chasing all his friends around. Did I mention he enjoys rolling in the sand just before we return to the car! We always keep cold water and wipes on hand to make sure he is hydrated, cool and clean. We are also hoping to make a road trip to Northern California to visit family. Toby is the best road tripper and loves getting his photo taken at all the sights! We make sure to pack his meds, toys and snacks for the road. Did I mention how important potty bags and travel bowls are?!

  12. My four year old indoor/outdoor tabby cat Roy will continue to get his Revolution Plus to protect him from outdoor parasites during his summer night expeditions in the woods. He gets plenty of fresh water inside and outside.

  13. Misty Dawn is getting older! Joint supplements are a must!

  14. Always bring ice cold water on our walks. Shorter and more frequent walks. Stay on the most shady route. First walk is in the early morning hour.

  15. Spend time together with my pup outside and in the pool safely

  16. I plan on taking my 5 yorkie pups to the lake and let them swim three of them it will be there first time my other two love the water! I know they will love it! Lots of playing in my fenced in back yards! Love my furbabies!

  17. Taking it easy

  18. I have 3 furbabies. They are all seniors. They all love sunbathing out on our deck. Definitely want to protect them from the elements. They have cooling cots to lay on, a swimming pool to dip in, and cooling mats for the little one. They would be so grateful to win this and so would I. Ruff, Ruff
    XOXO(licks)

  19. My husband and I have a great Boxer/German Sheppard-Beagle mix dog named Sparkey! He’s the most amazing guy we’ve had! He is very friendly and the first dog we’ve had, that actually loves our mailman!! We love Sparkey very much and of course want to keep him healthy, fit, and happy over the summer! What better way, than to win some of the summer supplies needed. We would love to win the items they are giving away!! Sparkey would be happily wagging his tail, as he approaches us after fetching his favorite stick, in our back yard!!

  20. We’ll keep a baby pool going in the backyard to beat the heat!

  21. we have a pool for our fur babies, and run the sprinkler on so they stay cool

  22. Being neither my husband, me or my mint Dachshund can’t take the heat, we’ll all be spending the really hot days inside with the A/C. When it’s not real hot, we’ll be out walking, but no vacation for us again this year as my husband needs surgery again, just like last Summer. He spent it recovering with our little Doxie Penny watching over him.

  23. Crystal V RiveraJune 5, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    To have fun in the sun! We got a kiddie pool in the yard for our dog Chip..excited to see him have fun in it

  24. we are going to the lake

  25. going to visit relatives at a lake house

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