Summertime Health Hazards for Dogs
Updated On: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 14:30:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Exciting adventures await in the summertime–runs on the beach, hikes along green trails, and naps in the sun are just some of the wonderful activities that dogs enjoy during the warmer months. But all of this doesn’t mean that there aren’t health risks hiding in plain daylight. Below are some ways to prepare for common summer hazards to keep the season fun and safe for your fur baby!
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It’s no secret that hotter days require more hydration. The key to staying hydrated, however, is trickier if you’re out and about. Be prepared for thirst-inducing weather by carrying a collapsible water bowl and bottled water with you. Better yet, utilize an all-in-one water bottle that conveniently turns into a bowl whenever you need.
Heat stroke in dogs can happen much more easily than one might think. Even though it can feel like a balmy afternoon for humans, a coat of fur and the inability to sweat means that milder weather can feel extreme for dogs. And it goes without saying that dogs should never be left unattended in a car, even with the windows cracked open. The inside of a car can quickly rise to 100°F even if it’s a breezy 75°F outside! Heat stroke is a condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Fireworks may seem less like a health hazard and more like a nuisance, but many dog owners are well aware of how stressful this holiday can be. Plus, statistics show that more dogs go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Loud, sudden noises can cause canines to become skittish and run for cover. Unfortunately, acting suddenly and instinctively can result in dogs running in the wrong direction. Keep your pooch safe by making sure they have proper identification. Having an enclosed crate, calming treats, and secured exits are all ways to keep dogs at home safely.
Yes, dogs can get sunburned too! If plans call for a full day at the beach or any other sunny locale, be sure to protect parts of the body with exposed skin. A dog-safe sunscreen keeps sensitive areas like noses, paws, and ears protected from sun exposure.
Warmer weather tends to mean more excursions. But this also means increased exposure to skin irritants such as sand, salt, soil, and wind. In addition, canines can have allergic reactions to warm-weather pests like fleas and mosquitoes. Washing dogs promptly after exposure to irritants and moisturizing as needed helps prevent irritation.
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