How to get out and about with your dog safely this summer

Taking your dog on regular outings is important. But it can also be stressful, especially amid a global pandemic! Here are a few tips to help you get out and about with your dog safely.

Are you looking forward to getting out and about with your dog this season? Perhaps you’re planning a camping trip, a beach day, or something simple like a car ride to the park. Any type of travel with a dog is exciting, but it can also be stressful for both of you. Here are some tips to help you and your pup enjoy your adventures safely!

Safety in your vehicle

There’s nothing more fun than loading up the car with a bag and your pup! No matter where you’re going, the main safety precautions to keep in mind in and around vehicles are never to let your dog run around your vehicle, hang out the window, or sit on your lap while you drive. An unrestrained animal in a moving vehicle can be as dangerous as texting and driving. Pets in accidents can suffer broken bones – and worse. Even if you’ve always let your pet roam free in a car, it’s time to restrain him in an appropriate doggie seatbelt or carrier to keep everyone safe.

Enjoying the great outdoors

Whether you’re heading out on a camping trip, to the dog park, or on a walk in your neighborhood, it’s important to prepare for the outdoors! Bug bites, cuts and overheating are important concerns to watch out for, and don’t forget to pay attention to the surrounding environment and weather conditions. Follow your vet’s recommendations on flea and tick prevention, keep fresh water on hand at all times, and don’t force your dog to perform any intense exercise in the heat.

Being prepared with a pet first aid kit can help you care for your dog in case of an emergency. Program your vet’s number in your phone and act quickly if an accident happens. With these precautions in place, you and your pet are ready to enjoy a happy, safe outing.

A botanical remedy for stress

You’ve probably heard of echinacea for immune support, but researchers have found that one specific species of echinacea — Echinacea angustifolia has a compound that influences brain chemistry. Taken as a supplement, this breakthrough echinacea extract can relax and calm your dog. He’ll become noticeably calmer in 30 minutes without feeling drowsy! Giving your dog Echinacea angustifolia in the form of a supplement is a good way to help him manage anxiety in travel situations. It also comes in handy in other stressful circumstances – during a fireworks display, trip to the vet or groomer, or any other unwelcome change in daily routine.

Getting out and about with your pet is one of the joys of being a pet parent. Providing your dog a safe and happy experience will make your travels even better!

AUTHOR PROFILE

Cheryl Myers is an integrative health nurse, author, and an expert on natural medicine. She is a nationally-recognized speaker who has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Prevention Magazine. Her many articles have been published in such diverse journals as Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Nutrition in Complementary Care, and her research on botanicals has been presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Menopause Society. Ms. Myers is the head of Scientific Affairs and Education for EuroPharma, Inc.