Summer is the season to have fun in the sun. It’s the season to grab your favorite furry friend and spend hours outside enjoying the warm weather. Although it may seem harmless for your dog to have fun outside this summer, there are many hazards you must be aware of to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe from the summertime hazards.
Dehydration is a major risk for your dog during the summer. Dogs with longer coats are at a greater risk of overheating and suffering from a heat stroke. If you and your dog plan on spending some time outdoors on a hot day, be sure to have plenty of clean water available.
Bees, ticks, fleas, and even snakes can be your dog’s worst enemy this summer. Due to their inquisitive nature, dogs are more vulnerable to bites and stings. If your dog happens to get bitten or stung by one of these creatures, give them a Benadryl to calm the irritation. As a pet owner, there are a number of things you can do to protect your dog from bites and stings. Be sure to keep your lawn groomed if your dog enjoys playing in the yard. Watch to make sure your dog is not digging in holes in the ground. If your pet lives a very active lifestyle outside, consider putting them on flea and tick medication.
Summer is a great to fire up the grill and grub on some good BBQ but it is best not to pass your dog a plate of the deliciousness. Foods such as corn on the cob, ribs, and chicken legs are a potential choking hazard. A dog’s sensitive stomach can have a hard time digesting the high fat content in most grilled meet. Common side effects from digesting these foods include diarrhea and pancreatitis. Always keep alcohol out of reach of pets. Get them a cold bowl of water instead.
Contrary to popular belief, many dogs are not good swimmers. Drowning should be a concern of all pet owners when your dog is playing near the pool. It is important to keep your eye on your dog at all times when you decide to relax by the pool. Pet owners should consider investing in ramps and/or pool alarms to be extra safe.
Temperatures can be blazing hot during the summer. It gets even hotter inside of a car. Dogs are susceptible to overheating if left in a hot car. Owners can lose track of time and come back to find their dog unresponsive. Dogs are also vulnerable to theft when left in a car in public. The best thing to do as a responsible owner is to not be in a situation where your dog must be left in the car.
Following these simple procedures can keep you and your pet happy this summer. Practicing pet safely can keep your best friend from having to take a trip to the animal hospital. If your pet happens to succumb to one of the dangers listed above, be sure to know the location and contact information of your nearest 24-hour emergency animal clinic.