Keep Your Pets Happy And Safe During The Dog Days Of Summer



By Michael Palmer

From daytrips to the beach to hikes in the woods, summertime in Michigan is chock-full of opportunities to get outside. This season, it’s important to keep all family members safe and happy — including the furry, four-legged ones. Here’s a list of my top-rated puppy picks to pack up before you head out.

  • Flea and tick prevention: Protecting your pup from fleas and ticks is one of the most important things to remember this summer. While these pests can be bothersome, they are also capable of causing severe health problems. I recommend Healthy Dogma Flee Flea Flee, which is a Michigan-made, all-natural flea and tick deterrent.
  • Portable water bowl: It’s super important to keep your pup hydrated while on-the-go, but no one wants to lug around a bulky bowl. Luckily, you have options with collapsible water bowls and travel bottles.
  • Frozen treats: To help your dog chill while the heat is on, there are plenty of options for icy delights. I recommend the Bear and the Rat Frozen Yogurt, as well as a wide selection of frozen raw bones to cool down.
  • Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff ball

    Supplies for the pool or lake: If your summer plans include being on or around the water, it’s important to keep your pup safe as well as entertained. I suggest the Alcott Mariner Life Jacket, which features adjustable straps, reflective accents, Velcro closures, and a top handle to help guide and support your pet when necessary. I also recommend a Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff ball — a toy that is durable, buoyant and U.S.A-made.

  • Lawn toys: If you’re looking for a toy to keep your dog occupied while on land, I recommend the Tether Tug. The interactive pull-toy anchors in the ground and can provide hours of entertainment for your pup this summer.
Tether Tug

Remember, it’s important to pay attention to the temperature outside. The hotter it gets, the shorter time your pet should spend outside. Provide activities like splashing around in a kiddie pool, running through gentle sprinklers or relaxing outdoors in the shade. Air-conditioned indoor pet play yards are another option.

Also, never leave your pet unattended in an automobile, even for a few minutes with the windows open. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120F in a matter of minutes, and your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

These tips should ensure both you and your pet enjoy the dog days of summer.

Michael Palmer is owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills.


Barkin’ Lot Party

Premier Pet Supply is hosting its Ninth Annual Customer Appreciation Barkin’ Lot Party July 29-31, with 20 percent savings on everything in the store.

On Sunday, enjoy a farm animal petting zoo, face painting, raffles, a TapSnap photo booth for you and your pets and more. Guests will also enjoy visits from Dyna-Mike the Magician, Andy the Balloon Man and local radio personalities.

Chow down on free hot dogs and chips, and cool down with free craft beer and soda at Michigan Beer Growler Co. on us. Hours for the party are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Premier Pet Supply is located at 31215 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit or call (248) 647-4310.

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