By Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network
Here's how to make sure that time spent outdoors is safe and fun.
Ready for lawn parties, patio dining and treks to the dog park? Make sure your dog also has the tools to enjoy this season. Consider this your warm-weather pet checklist:
Stock up on preventatives
Pests will be pretty pervasive this spring and summer, thanks to unusually warm winter months. I just killed one mosquito the size of a Toyota Prius, and it's only April. Avoid the temptation to slack off on meds that help your pet fight fleas, ticks and heartworm, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Newly released generic formulations make it easier - and cheaper - to take action. You can purchase chewable PetTrust Plus heartworm tablets at Sam's Club and Walmart pharmacies, and Pet Armor topical flea and tick medication at major retailers such as Target and Walgreens.
"A lot of pet owners don't want to get dog's nails trimmed or give medication because it's so much trouble," says dog trainer Harrison Forbes. "Now it's easy and it'sRead More »from How to Help Dogs Beat the Heat