Activities For Dogs After Flea Treatment

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Introduction

 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. 

Hiking Adventure

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Backpack
Collar & Leash
Water & Bowl
First Aid Kit
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Plan your route
Whether hiking in familiar terrain or in an unfamiliar park, you will want to plan your route. Leave a copy of your route with a friend or family member in case there is an emergency. Print out a map of the area you plan to visit and mark rest spots. If you are planning on spending the night on the trail, mark where you plan to make camp.
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Pack your bag
Be sure to bring extra clothing, fresh water, dog bowls, treats, and food for you and your pup. You will also want to bring along a first aid kit. You can carry these items in your backpack or you can use a canine backpack and have your dog carry some of the load while hiking. Your pack should not be too heavy or you will have trouble carrying it on the trail. If your dog also has a backpack, do not overload them either.
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Enjoy the scenery
While hiking, take the time to relax and enjoy nature. Be sure to keep your dog close so they do not wander off and become lost; it is best to keep them on leash while hiking. Take breaks often and provide plenty of fresh water for your dog and if you are hiking in the sun, seek shaded spots to rest every 20-30 minutes so neither you or your dog become overheated.
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Dog Park Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Collar & Leash
Water & Bowl
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description

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.

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Find the best park
Research the dog parks in your area and go visit them without your dog to get a feel for the regulars. Do not pick a dog park that offers sprinklers or wading pools since your dog has been flea treated. You will want to avoid getting your dog wet after their flea treatment. If you have a small dog, you will want to find a park that encourages large and small dogs to be separated to avoid accidental injury.
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Survey the scene
When you arrive at the dog park, take a minute to survey the scene and watch the interaction of the dogs already there. If you notice a particular dog is trying to bully the other dogs in the park, you may want to wait until that dog goes home before entering the park. If there are dogs that seem overbearing, steer clear of those and locate the owners immediately. Sometimes you have to talk with the other owners and let them know you have concerns. It is best to keep your dog safe while they are in the dog park.
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Have fun
Your dog will make some new friends and hopefully, you will, too! If you pick a regular schedule for visiting the dog park with your dog, you will most likely meet the same people each time. Make sure your dog is well trained and will come immediately when you call so you do not have to chase them down when it is time to leave.
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Dining Out

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Collar & Leash
Treats
Bowl
Waste bags
Activity description

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. 

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Find a restaurant
Most dog-friendly restaurants will post it in their establishment or on their website. If you are unsure if a restaurant allows dogs to visit, call them and ask about their policy. Be respectful to other patrons with or without dogs. Not everyone eating at the restaurant will enjoy having your dog near them, especially if your dog is not well trained.
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Refresh manners
Everyone wants to enjoy their meal when eating at a restaurant but in some dog-friendly establishments, this may not be possible if an untrained dog is present. Take the time to refresh your dog’s manners before taking them out to eat. You do not want your dog to be the reason people cannot enjoy their meal and you most certainly do not want to be asked to leave because your dog is misbehaving.
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Enjoy your meal
Most dog-friendly restaurants will allow dogs in their outdoor patio area. Enjoying your meal on a nice sunny day with your dog at your feet is a great way to bond. You may even choose to share part of your meal with your dog or bring along some of your dog’s favorite snacks. Many restaurants will provide fresh water for your dog and even a gourmet snack. Ask about any refreshments for your dog when you place your order.
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Go Shopping

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!

Doggy PlayDate

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!


Conclusion

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.