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Summer Pet Care

A smiling puppy

Summer is a great time for getting out and stretching your legs — for you and especially your pet! The Element Apartment Homes is a pet-friendly community, and today we’re offering a few reminders for things to watch out for in your pet as they explore Mt Prospect, IL so they have just a good experience as you in the sun.


Be Considerate About Your Summer Celebrations

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or planning a hike, remember that your actions affect and can be extremely harmful to your pet. Some foods may be poisonous to them, so keep them away from your barbecues. Be careful when you’re at the pool and practice pool safety habits. And never use fireworks around pets. Avoid mishaps and things can go swimmingly.


Groom Your Pet

Regular grooming is important to your pet’s cleanliness and health (and, by extension, yours and that of your home). Get ready to do it more often in the upcoming months, as summertime can mean more shedding or need for trimming of fur. Avoid shaving your pet’s coat, as that can expose their skin to harsh sun. While you groom and wash your pet (the latter can also aid in cooling down your pet), stay on the lookout for summer insects, like fleas and ticks. Invest in a flea comb and talk to your veterinarian about other tips for noticing and treating insect problems.


Take It Easy

Your pet still needs regular exercise, both to stay strong and to let out the jitters. Ensure that your walk, jog, run, or other activities outside are actually effective for your pet by taking it easy and not pushing them more than necessary. Take breaks, bring a pet water bottle with you to help them stay hydrated, stay in shaded areas, and get pet sunscreen for your outings.


Feel free to share your summer pet care tips with us in the comments. We hope you and your pet both have a fantastic summer here in Mt Prospect, IL!