Why Summer Is The Real Season Of Giving For Pet Owners
If you live in a climate that gets pretty cold in the winter, your pet is probably even more anxious for summer than you are. Spring gives them their first taste of the outdoors, but it isn't until the rainy days taper off and the summer months get into gear that they really have the opportunity to take advantage of everything the outdoors has to offer. With all the events and activities that take place in the warm months, it feels like the real season of giving for pet owners. Here's why.
Summertime To Spare
School's out, summer vacations are booked and the parks are open all weekend for taking dogs outside. On top of the open schedule that promises more quality time with your pet, there are more barbecues at home and picnics at the park that surround your pet with friendly people and plenty of activities. Keep in mind that your pet can't enjoy their summer as much if you're off in another state or country without them. If you're a pet owner, consider taking your pet with you on a local vacation or road trip, or make sure they're cared for by family if you decide to leave.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 2.7 million animals are adopted every year in the United States. Because June is the unofficial National Pet Adoption Month, a large part of this number tends to come in the early summer. Families use the summer to get children familiar with the responsibilities of pet ownership, and flexibility in many professions during the summer also makes it the ideal season for adoption. National Dog Day in August also makes a pretty big difference in terms of getting the word out about pet adoption, animal rights and animal welfare.
Happy And Healthy
A spike in activities for pets, as well as the frequent outdoor adventures for dogs and cats, makes summer one of the most important months for pet owners in terms of keeping their pets happy and healthy. Increased attention must be paid to making sure their shots and vaccines are up to date, and outdoor flea and tick protection is ramped up. Hot days make it essential to keep pets hydrated, and a balanced diet to support their activity spike is more crucial than ever. Help your pet avoid serious injury, heatstroke and infections by getting them prepped before the season.