Summertime Hazards for your Pet

During the “dog days” of summer there are hazards we should watch out for with our furry friends. Here is a short list of summertime hazards to pay extra attention to on those long warm days.



1. Never Leave them in a closed up car! Heat stroke is a serious risk to dog’s health – in worst case scenarios, it can be fatal. You can prevent heat stroke by restricting your pet’s exercise during the hottest hours of the day (early morning or late evening are the best times for exercise during the summer), by making sure he is well hydrated, providing cool places for him to relax, providing opportunities to swim, cooling mats, and by never leaving your dog unattended in the car during summer heat.


2. Dehydration : One of the best ways to keep your dog safe in the summer time is by providing lots of cool, clean, fresh water. Beginning signs of dehydration are Lethargy/ Less animation, Excessive panting, Changes in attitude (i.e. appears more apprehensive) Eyes appear sunken and lack moisture, Dry mouth, gums, nose. If you think your pet is dehydrated, seek medical help immediately.


3. Parasites :  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.


4. Leptospirosis : Stagnant waters are a common source of leptospirosis bacteria. Lepto can cause permanent health problems or death if not treated quickly. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, trembling/shaking, lethargy, anorexia, tenderness of joints and muscles, and increased water intake. If you suspect your dog has lepto, get him to a vet right away.


5. Seasonal Allergies : Your dog may be allergic to one or more seasonal items, which include fleas, grass and various plants, and mold. If you suspect your dog may have seasonal allergies, is scratching and perhaps losing fur


6. Lawn Chemicals : Keep dogs off of lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours (or according to package instructions), and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers


7. Burned Paw Pads : Avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws.