Seasonal Hazards for Dogs: Summer Dangers
There is plenty to do with your four-legged friend when summer approaches – from beach excursions to hikes, play dates, and camping. While the sun may be out, extreme heat and risk for parasites and dehydration are a few of the common dangers that summer presents. The best way to protect your dog is to obtain a Canine Liability policy, and get acquainted with the following seasonal hazards.
It’s easy for a dog to overexert himself in extreme temperatures. To combat this, incorporate plenty of moisture into your pet’s diet. Naturally, providing cool, fresh water throughout the day is the first step. You can also feed your pet some plain, yogurt, or low-sodium ice cubes throughout the day. Canned food is also an option for your dog if his stomach approves.
Summer is the season for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes: pests which can present a minor discomfort to your dog at best and at worst may be life-threatening or cause self-mutilating behaviors. Feeding your dog a high-quality diet without preservatives or chemicals will build his immune system, making him generally more resistant to parasite infestation. There are a wide variety of preventatives on the market, including chemical spot-on treatments, repellent shampoos, essential oils, and flea/tick collars. Talk to your vet to see what she recommends for your dog, explains Dogster.
If your dog has a double coat or overheats quickly, it’s best to allow them to get their exercise first thing in the morning or after the sun has set to avoid the hottest times of the day. Be sure to provide plenty of cool, fresh water, allow opportunities to cool off in the shade or in water, and never leave your pup alone in the car in a hot day.
Is your dog constantly itching, licking his paws, or losing fur? If so, chances are he might have seasonal allergies. Summer brings a lot of different types of pollens, grass, and mold which can irritate your dog’s skin. If you suspect something is up with your pet, bring him into your vet to see how to manage his symptoms.
Burned paw pads.
Extreme summer heat means extremely hot asphalt. If your hand is uncomfortable while touching the asphalt, your dog’s paws are likely going to have the same reaction. Wait until the streets have cooled to take your dog out, or protect his feet with booties.
During the summer, it’s important to consider your dog’s comfort and overall attitude. Remember, an uncomfortable dog, one that is not feeling well, or one that is suffering from scorched paw pads or dehydration might react adversely to an otherwise regular scenario.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.