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 our 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 keep 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.
  • 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-Tough ball — a toy which 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.

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.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet-related topic.