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With the summer season comes sunbathing, spontaneous barbecues and ice cream sundaes. There are lots of things we enjoy about this season, but it can bring on another set of worries for dog owners.
The warmer weather and the longer walks pose certain risks for your dog. To avoid them, you just need to know what to look out for!
The experts at Kennelstore have shared the five biggest dangers your dog could face this summer - here's everything you need to know:
Heatstroke and overheating are two common problems that pets face when it’s hot and sunny. Dogs can overheat quickly, with certain breeds being affected by heat more than others. Breeds with thick or dark coats, as well as short-nosed dogs, are more intolerant to high temperatures.
If a dog is suffering from heatstroke or dehydration, they may show the following symptoms: rapid breathing, extreme lethargy, excessive thirst, dry gums, thick saliva and vomiting/diarrhoea.
If you notice any of these, it’s important to remove your pet from the heat as soon as possible. You can help to cool them down by applying wet towels, or using fans, ice packs and sprinklers.
One of the biggest dangers for dogs over the summer season is ticks. It’s recommended that you check your dog for ticks on a daily basis, taking care to look particularly thoroughly after walks in long-grassed or wooded areas.
Bees and wasps also pose a risk to dogs. Their buzzing noise forms curiosity for our pets, which can get them stung. Some dogs react badly to bee stings by swelling or excessively scratching. If you are worried, take your dog to the vet.
It’s not just us humans that can catch the sun - our dogs are at risk of sun exposure, too. Dogs that are especially vulnerable to the sun are breeds that have little fur.
It may or may not surprise you to hear that you can get suncream for dogs to prevent this from happening.
Whether smothered in suncream or not, you should always be aware of how long your dog is lying in the sun.
All this sunnier weather means dogs are bound to enjoy the outdoors more, and get thirstier!
Dogs will make a drink out of anything - from toilet water to pond water - which is exactly why you should keep an eye out for what they’re consuming. Puddle, pool, pond and lake water can be riddled with bacteria and chemicals that could harm your dog.
To avoid a poorly doggo, always have fresh water on hand!
Of course, barbeque food is loved by everyone - including dogs. Think of all that meat! But that barbeque menu can also provide some hazards to look out for.
Not only is the barbeque itself a hazard to both animals and children, but barbeque food like corn on the cob and kebabs can be considered choking hazards. That ice cream you’re having for dessert? It’s one of the many family favourites that can result in a not-very-well doggy.
Keep an eye on your pet at all times!
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