8 summer essentials for your dog Whether you're going camping or just to the park, these are the essentials that will keep your dog happy and healthy all summer long. By Alyssa Ashton 2014-06-19 10:39:52 8 summer essentials for your dog Slideshow View Slideshow 8 summer essentials for your dog Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 8 ways to include your pe The best barbecues for su Easy summer fun in Sun Pe BPA-free water bottle You wouldn't go out exercising or down to the beach without bringing a drink for yourself. So it's important to also do this for your dog! This water bottle comes with a tether, so you can hang it off of your bike or bag while you're on the move. Plus, it's BPA free.Top Paw Pet Water Bottle, $8, petsmart.ca. De-skunking supplies Your dog will inevitably get skunked at the cottage in the middle of the night when all the stores are closed. Dr. Leeanne Bargen shares which de-skunking supplies you should keep on hand in case of a skunking emergency. You need baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, which you mix together into a paste to coat your dog's fur. Then wash the paste off with some lemon dish soap. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution, $4, well.ca.Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $3, well.ca.Sunlight Oxi Action Dishwashing Liquid, $4, well.ca. Towel If your dog takes a dip in the lake or river, make sure you dry them off after. Your dog's wet fur provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, which can cause hot spots—a painful and itchy infection. You can prevent hot spots by drying your dog off after they go for a swim. As much as you love your dog, you probably don't want to share a towel with them, so make sure your pooch has their very own. Bone Dry Microfiber Dog Drying Towels, $13, bedbathandbeyond.com. Grooming tools Warm weather, plus all that fur makes for a very hot dog. Extra grooming during the summer will help keep your dog cool. Make sure you're brushing your dog more often to get rid of all that fur they're shedding.Your dog is probably spending more time outside in the summer, which means their fur will naturally get dirtier and smellier than normal. Remember to bathe your pooch often in the hot summer months. This natural shampoo will be gentle on your dog's sensitive skin. Conair Soft Slicker Pet Brush, $15, petsmart.ca.Pet Head Natural Shampoo, $14, petland.ca. Preventative medicine Fleas, ticks and infected mosquitos are common parasites to watch out for in the summertime. Your dog can come in contact with one of these parasites at the cottage, campsite and even on a walk near your home. Talk to your vet about the appropriate prevention medication for your dog.Also be aware of poison ivy and bee stings, which can cause allergic reactions. Benadryl is good to have on hand in case your dog has an allergic reaction. Just talk to your vet first about the appropriate dosage.Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea and Tick Collar, $9, walmart.ca.Benadryl Allergy Caplets, $15, well.ca.Top Paw Easy Grip Flea Dog Comb, $8, petsmart.com. Updated ID tag If you travel with your dog, make sure your dog has an ID tagthat lists the phone number and location of your campsite, hotel or cottage. It's no help to you if someone finds your dog and is calling you at home when you're up at the cottage. It may seem like an added expense, but it's worth it to ensure your furry companion won't be lost. I.D. tag, $13, mondou.com. Anti-anxiety treatments Summers can be a very anxious time for dogs--thunderstorms and car rides are very strong anxiety triggers for pets. There are a variety of dog anxiety treatments on the market, from Thundershirts to natural anxiety medication. Always talk to your vet about what treatment they think would be best suited to your dog.ThunderShirt, $40, thundershirt.com.ThunderSpray, $20, thundershirt.com.Zylkène, available at veterinary offices Lifejacket Water safety is just as important for your dog as it is for you. If your dog hasn't been around water a lot, a lifejacket is a must. If your dog is a strong swimmer, it probably won't need a lifejacket for a leisurely swim. But it's good to have a lifejacket on hand if your dog goes canoeing or boating with you. Doggy Floatation Vest, $42, ezydog.com.Have more questions about your dog? Check out our pet owner's guide.