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What to Carry for Your Dog in Warmer Weather

There’s nothing like warm sunshine and increased temperatures to brighten up people’s day.

16-year-old PetsGo golden retriever Remy having a nice water break mid-walk.

When jackets are optional, there’s a lift in spirits as we all enjoy the outdoors. The same can be said for our four-legged friends! No need to worry about slipping on the ice or uncomfortable chilly winds.

As we pack away the winter gear, we need to also think about what our dogs need during this time of year.

Here is a simple list to help you be prepared for the elements when you’re out and about this spring and summer.

Water bottle

Always carry water with you. Toronto weather can be unpredictable. One minute it’s overcast and the next, the sun is blaring down and all of a sudden your pooch is panting more heavily and in search of relief. While the city does have some drinking fountains, don’t rely on them. There are plenty of collapsible water bowls on the market to save space in your bag. We recommend using a stainless steel bottle to help keep the water cool.

Travel towel

Ah the towel-a universal friend for every dog owner! Keep a towel handy in case you need to dry off your pup after splashing around on the beach, an unexpected rainfall, or to wipe those grimy paws after a day of play.

A towel is also a handy tool in the summer months. Simply soak a clean towel with cold water and let your dog lie on it or put it on top of his or her coat to help cool down.

Spare booties

Can you imagine walking barefoot on the sidewalk in mid-summer? If the thought makes you shudder, just think about your dog’s poor paws. When the sun heats up the concrete, it’s important to have spare booties just in case. Booties can help protect those precious feet, just like in the winter when the salt can wreak havoc on their pads.

Sidewalk test: test the concrete to see if it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Place your hand on the sidewalk for 7-10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s not safe for your dog to walk on it. Find an alternative walking surface or put on protective booties.

Pet first aid kit

A year-round must-have, a pet first aid kit is essential in keeping your doggy happy and safe. At PetsGo, all of our pet nannies are Pet CPR/First Aid certified, and we all carry first aid kits for every visit.

First aid kits can be purchased at many local pet stores and if you’re interested in CPR/First Aid training in Canada, click here for more information.

Sometimes the thought of carrying extra items can seem like a drag, but being prepared will keep you and your pooch happy all season long.

Be sure to share with us any helpful items you carry now that the weather’s changing!

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