5 Potential Summer Dangers for Dogs

Summer is the best season for us, dog owners. We love spending the sunny, long days outdoors with our furry friends. However as the days keep getting longer and the average temperature rises, summer brings risks to your dog’s health with its dangerous heat weaves.

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Dehydration
Providing unrestricted clean drinking water is the most important step in keeping your pets healthy at any time. But as the weather keeps getting warmer they will need more and more water to effectively cool their bodies and to keep their body tempreature in a healthy zone. We might need to encourage them to drink more, if we think that they didn’t drink sufficent quantity. The best method for encouraging them to drink more water is providing running water. The sound and the motion of the running water imitates the natural water sources in the wild, like a river, a clear spring or a creek. For outdoor activities we can use a garden hose, or a pet-friendly fountain, but for indoors we will need a pet fountain, which provides circulated fresh water continously.

Heat stroke
Watch out for the signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include drooling, fever, panting, vomiting and collapse. When your dog has seriously dehydrated and the heat made it developing some of these symptoms, get the vet as soon as possible. This condition can cause permanent liver and heart damage and death. On sunny days never leave your dog alone outside, even in the shade, the risk of the heatstroke can be great. If your dog’s temperature is dangerously high, you need stop the fever by spraying it with water or immerse the body in cool, but not cold water and you can also wipe its paws with cool water. Even if you succeeded cooling it down, you should still get your pet to a vet. Heat stroke can cause potential serious internal damage that may not be recognised for some time, even until days after the heat stroke.

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Hot sidewalks
Have you ever tried walking barefoot on the pavement on a hot summer day? Then you obviously know the dangers of the burning concrete, however we tend to forget about this potential risk when we walking with our dogs in our comfy shoes. One easy and risk-free method to test the temperature of any surface is to press the back of your palm onto the ground for 30 seconds before allowing your dog to walk on them. If it isn’t painful for you then it’s safe to walk on.
To avoid burned foot pads walk your dog on in the morning and in the evening when outdoor surfaces are cool enough.
It’s not unknown for dogs to experience burned paw pads on hot days, but please look out for all of your animals, the hot asphalt can be very painful to walk on and can cause severe burns.

Sunburn
Yes, they can burn in the sun just like people can. While breeds like Dalmatians, Beagles, Whippets and Greyhounds are particularly have an increased risk for sunburn, we need to look out for all the white, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs. An interesting fact that dogs with short legs are more prone to sunburn, because their bellies are closer to the ground, so it’s easier for this area to get sunburn from the reflected sunlight. For them and dogs that have recently had their fur clipped short it’s recommended to use waterproof sunscreen formulated for pets. It’s really important to use a special dog sunscreen, since common ingredients and chemicals in sunscreens for human useage can be toxic for dogs.

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Poisoning
Summer is here and you’re on the road with the family? Be alert for chemicals in your car! Dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant, but it’s highly toxic and a small amount can cause death. Make sure that your dog can’t reach any poisonous substance and provide your animals clear water regularly. A portable drinking bottle can be really handy when you’re on a trip with your dog.

Short tips

– Icecubes can be great fun and refreshing treats at the same time
– Provide plenty of water and always make sure that your dog has access to a shady area
– Walk your dog during cooler hours
– Don’t clip their fur too short and use dog sunscreen
– Brush them regularly. Clean coat can help your dog stay cool.
– Never leave your dog in the car!

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