Summer season just around the corner. To leave the bustling city can not wait for people and pets. However, a trip to the country with a dog may not be very bright, especially if your pet has not been there before. How to do without unpleasant surprises?
If you are going for the first time to go on such a trip with your pet, take a responsible attitude to the preparation of the suburban area for the arrival of the animal. Your main task is to take care of the safety of the dog, as well as to protect the beds, trees and flowers from it. Of course, if you do not want a dog with sharp teeth to rejuvenate pruning your plants and dig up the garden with strong paws.
Take care of the health of the dog
Before you go to the cottage, check that your pet has been made all vaccinations, especially against rabies. To become infected with this deadly disease, it is not necessary to walk in the woods. There are often cases where wild wild animals (foxes, hedgehogs, etc.) go to human settlements. The bite of such an animal is a serious danger. So do not forget to vaccinate your pet every year.
Replenish the country first-aid kit with medicines not only for people, but also for animals. If the cottage is far from a large settlement, then a veterinary clinic is unlikely to be nearby. A dog can, for example, cut a paw. For this case, stock up with bandages, some antiseptic (chlorhexidine), wound healing ointment (levomekol will do). If the dog suffers from chronic diseases, do not forget to take all the necessary medications.
Protect the dog from insects
Fleeing in the sun and getting pleasure from lying on the grass dog prevent fleas and ticks. If the former deliver only discomfort, the latter can cause serious harm to the health of the animal.
Some ticks tolerate piroplasmosis (babesiosis), a dangerous disease in dogs that, without instant treatment, can lead to the death of an animal.
3-5 days before traveling to the cottage, treat your pet with special protective (insecticoacaricidal) agents. Today, in vetaptekakh presented a wide range of collars, drops, sprays and tablets, which for a certain period of time protect pets from ticks, fleas and other insects.
However, one hundred percent protection no one can guarantee. Therefore, every day you need to carefully examine the fur and skin of the animal (especially in the muzzle, neck, behind the ears, in the groin) and immediately remove ticks. If the pet's temperature rises, immediately take it to the vet. The faster the dog is injected with a special treatment serum and the drip is set, the greater the chances for recovery.
In order to minimize the risk of infection of the dog with piroplasmosis, it is better to treat the entire dacha area from ticks by chemical means (3-4 days). Treatments are recommended 2 times per season: in April-May and October-November.
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The summer is also likely to be bitten by bees, snakes and other creatures. If, after a bee sting, you notice that your pet does not just have a slightly swollen muzzle, but it begins to choke and does not find a place for itself, give the animal an antihistamine (suitable for people as well as special veterinary preparations, such as Allervet, intended for intramuscular injections ). Or immediately contact a veterinarian who will give an injection to stop an allergic reaction.
Carefully inspect the entire area and remove items that should not be accessible to the dog. First of all hide all sharp tools, garden tools, chemicals for processing the site. And do not spray plants from diseases and pests in those days when your pet frolics in the country.
At the dacha create unfavorable conditions for the habitat of ticks. Clean the area from dry twigs, leaves, last year's grass and burn all this garbage to destroy the insects that hibernated in it. From early spring to late autumn, regularly mow the lawn. Remains of grass, weeds and fallen branches from trees and bushes immediately remove from the site.
Take time to fight rodents: they can be carriers of infected ticks and rabies. Dispose of food residues in a timely manner, try using ultrasonic repellents.
Pay special attention to fencing
Barricade the well to the well so that the curious pet does not try to get to the water. In this case, do not forget to put a dog bowl in the yard and in the house, in which there should always be fresh water.
In the hot summer, the dogs, dressed in fur coats, get very hot. To make your pet easier, install a cooling pool for it. Just pour water into a fairly spacious container.
Check the integrity and reliability of the fence around the perimeter of the site. This is especially true if you plan to release a pet into the yard without close supervision. The dog should not be able to jump over the fence or dig. With small dogs in this situation, the situation is simpler, but for active pets of large breeds you need to establish a strong and rather high fence.
Of course, this is not urgently needed if your four-legged friend is distinguished by perfect obedience and does not go beyond the territory without permission.
However, keep in mind: an unreliable fence can easily be overcome by neighboring pets. This is especially true if you brought a female dog to the cottage during estrus. Then the uninvited guests will be inappropriate. Yes, and to the dog can look outside tailed pets with bad intentions.
In addition, carefully protect the beds, garden and flower garden with ornamental plants, especially if your site is decorated with poisonous representatives of the flora.
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It is often easier not to enclose the beds, and make an aviary for the dog. But do not forget that you brought a pet to the dacha not so that he would sit in a small cage, but so that the dog could run around and breathe in fresh air.
Make a master dog for a spacious aviary (always in the shade!) And do not keep it there all the time. Hiking has not been canceled! In addition, organize in the aviary a dry and comfortable place to rest - the dog should not lie on the damp ground. And put your favorite pet toys there.
Does your four-legged friend like to relax outside the city? Maybe he is just as carefully preparing for the journey, like the hero of the popular video about a dog that is going to the country?