Flea treatments for dogs are meant to be safe and to keep flea infestation from occurring. Most dogs do not have any adverse reactions to having a flea treatment and they can resume normal daily activities immediately following the treatment. They cannot play in water nor have a bath for at least a week after topical flea treatments are given. Therefore, do not take your dog swimming or run through sprinklers after being flea treated. If your dog has an adverse reaction to the flea treatment, you should immediately take them to your veterinarian and consult your veterinarian regarding any limitations to your dog’s activities.
What better way to enjoy time with your dog and get exercise as well? Hiking is a fun way to explore new areas with your dog; just remember when your dog has just had their flea treatments you should steer clear of ponds, lakes, rivers or streams. You can hike in sunny or cloudy weather, but it would not be enjoyable in the rain or cold! It is free to go hiking as long as you already have a backpack and other needed items. Be sure to plan your route before you set out and let someone know where you will be in case of an emergency. Carry a first aid kit with you and plenty of fresh water and snacks for you and your dog.
parks can be wonderful places for your dog to burn some energy and socialize
with other dogs. Dog parks can also be overwhelming to a dog that is not very
gregarious. When you go to the dog park, size up the scene and note any dogs
that might overwhelm your dog and try to steer clear of those dogs. Dog parks
are the most fun when the weather is sunny or cloudy and is warm, but not too
hot. Be sure to bring your own water and dog bowl so your dog is not drinking
from a community dog bowl.
More and more restaurants are becoming dog-friendly and will allow dogs to dine with their owners in specified locations, like the outdoor patio. Restaurants will have rules regarding dogs in their establishment and you must adhere to those rules. Your dog needs to be well trained and not a nuisance to the other diners. A refresher course on basic manners may be needed if you have not had your dog out in public much. Research different restaurants in your area and call them to find out if dogs are accepted and what rules apply. Restaurants that are dog-friendly are usually moderately priced and will offer treats and fresh water for their canine patrons.
There are plenty of pet specialty stores that allow your dog to come shopping with you. Make a list and pick your favorite store. When shopping, let your dog pick out a new toy or treat. This will make your dog happy and give you a reason to go shopping!
Host a doggy play date with a dear friend and their canine companion. The best playdates are those with dogs of similar size and energy levels. Provide plenty of toys and games to keep the dogs occupied. You may even want to keep some tasty snacks on hand for your friend and the dogs!
Most dogs do great when they have their flea treatments and can resume normal activities immediately after being given the treatment. Dogs should not be bathed or allowed to play in water after being flea treated but can go on play dates, visit the dog park or even just lounge around the house playing with a new toy. Just be sure to watch your dog closely following the treatment so if any side effects occur you can quickly get them to the veterinarian.