When the weather starts to heat up, it's important to take precautions to keep your furry friend safe. Regardless if you decide to spend this summer in the city, county or on the beach, potential danger for your pup can be everywhere. Here are a few things to watch out in summer & tips on how to keep your dog safe in the summer heat.
Summer & dogs
Summer may be a delightful time for your dog! More outdoor time, playing fetch in the park, swimming. However, it’s important to be aware that there are certain dangers during this season.
There are many different issues, that your dog can have all-year-round, but summertime is high time for the following potential dangers to dogs in the Summer:
- Heat Stroke
- Insect Bites
Heat Stroke in dogs
Dogs can get heat stroke just like humans. Heatstroke is the condition that occurs when the dog’s natural cooling system, which is through panting, fails. And their internal temperature gets too high. When this happens, it can cause permanent organ damage and even be fatal.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs
The first signs that your dog could be experiencing heat stroke are excessive panting or drooling, increased body temperature, lack of energy, glazed eyes, reddened gums or tongue, increased heart rate, vomiting or diarrhoea. If your dog is displaying any of these signs move them to a cool environment.
How to prevent heatstroke in dogs?
The best way to prevent heatstroke is by never leaving your dog in a parked car. Not even for a few minutes. Even if it’s in the shade with the windows cracked open, on a mild day, temperatures in a car can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Dogs should never be left in a car unattended!
Dehydration in dogs
Dehydration is a major issue for dogs in summer. Dehydration happens when your dog loses more fluids than they are taking in. Often, dehydration is caused by not drinking enough water or by excessive panting, which can lead to loss of electrolytes.
Signs of dehydration in dogs
The first signs of dehydration are excessive panting, sunken eyes, dry nose, dry gums, and lethargy. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, offer them small sips of water or an electrolyte solution until they are able to drink on their own. If your dog is severely dehydrated, it will need to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
How to prevent dehydration in dogs?
The best way to prevent dehydration is by making sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times. If you are going to be out and about with your dog on a hot day, bring along a water bottle and bowl for them to use. And make sure to stop for frequent water breaks.
Burns in dogs
Dogs can burn their paws on hot pavement, sand, or even grass. Burns can also occur from contact with chemicals such as pesticides or antifreeze.
Signs of burns in dogs
The first signs of a burn are redness, swelling, pain, and blistering. If you notice any of these signs on your dog, rinse the area with cool water for 10 minutes and then call your veterinarian.
How to prevent burns in dogs?
The best way to prevent burns is by keeping your dog away from hot surfaces and chemicals. When it’s hot outside, avoid taking your dog for a walk during the hottest hours of the day. And make sure to test the temperature of pavement and surfaces before letting your dog walk on them.
Insect Bites in dogs
Dogs can be bitten by insects such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and bees. These bites can cause irritation, swelling, and pain. In some cases, they can also transmit diseases.
Signs of insect bites in dogs
The first signs of an insect bite are redness, swelling, and itchiness. If you notice any of these signs on your dog, try to remove the insect if possible and then call your veterinarian.
How to prevent insect bites in dogs?
The best way to prevent insect bites is by using a flea, tick, and mosquito prevention product on your dog. These products are available as topical solutions, collars, and oral medications. Talk to your veterinarian about which option is best for your dog.
Sunburn in dogs
Dogs can get sunburned, especially if they have short fur or no fur. Sunburn can cause pain, redness, and swelling. In severe cases, it can lead to skin cancer.
Signs of sunburn in dogs
The first signs of sunburn are redness, swelling, and pain. If you notice any of these signs on your dog, move them to a shady area and call your veterinarian.
How to prevent sunburn in dogs?
The best way to prevent sunburn is by using a sunscreen made for dogs. These products are available as sprays or lotions and can be applied to your dog’ skin to repel the insects.
Other potential damages for dogs in summer
Hot pavement is dangerous for dogs.
Hot pavement is one hazard to be aware of. The pavement can get incredibly hot, making it painful for your pup to walk on. Put your hand on the pavement for a quick temperature test. If it’s too hot to keep your hand on, it’s too hot for your pup to walk on.
The sand isn’t the only hazard at the beach. There are also waves, undertows, and sharp shells that can hurt your pup. So, it’s important to keep eye on them. Read our article on how to keep dogs safe during on the beach
How to keep your dog safe in the summer heat tips?
The summer heat can be dangerous for dogs if they're not properly cared for. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe in the summer heat:
- Make sure your dog has access to plenty of cool, fresh water. Place multiple bowls of water around your home and yard, and make sure to replenish them often.
- Take your dog for frequent swims, or invest in a kiddie pool for them to cool off in.
- Avoid taking your dog for walks during the hottest part of the day. If you must walk them, make sure to do so on cooler days or in shady areas.
- Never leave your dog alone in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Cars can heat up quickly, and dogs can suffer from heatstroke very easily.
- If your dog is spending time outdoors, make sure they have access to a shady spot to cool off in.
- Check your dog for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting or drooling, rapid heartbeat, or difficulty walking. If you notice any of these signs, bring your dog inside and seek medical attention if necessary.
By following these tips, you can help keep your dog safe and cool in the summer heat.