7 Summer Dangers To Your Dog

June 14th, 2021

It’s not always fun in the sun. Your dog can experience some serious risks from hot asphalt, heatstroke, dangerous summer foods, and even a garden or pool.

1/ Walking on hot asphalt

Do you know what it’s like when you step in bare feet on asphalt in the middle of a sunny day? Painful! Therefore always follow 5-second rule. The “5-second rule” means that if you are planning to take your dog for a walk on asphalt, you should test the temperature of the asphalt first. This way, you will make sure that your dog doesn’t burn his paws on the pavement. All you need to do is to put your hand on the pavement and see if you can hold it there for 5 seconds. If you can’t, don’t walk your dog. Simples.
And if you must take your dog out during a hot day (like if you live in a flat, like my mum), make sure you are walking on grass or sidewalks and keeping walks very short. Mum’s chihuahua Cherry will get just pee and poo, and they go back inside.

2/ Never leave your dog in a hot car

This is the obvious one, but it’s always good to be reminded. Never ever leave any pet in a parked car alone. There’s a greenhouse effect inside the car that can increase temperatures quickly — an animal can die in 5 minutes.

3/ Trying a tough hike.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two common problems with dogs in summer. Your dog may love hiking, but he may not be acclimated to the heat. And even And even a three-mile hike can be dangerous. But you can build up your dog stamina outdoors in warmer weather gradually.

3/ Running around the grill

Keep an eye on your dog around a hot barbeque, as he knows that the thing you have in your garden smell deliciously, and it would be worth waiting around. Don’t trust that they know those things can burn.

4/ Feeding him potato crisps

Well-meaning visitors in your home may try to make fast friends with your dog by feeding him snacks. But salty foods like crisps and popcorn, along with others like salted nuts, can cause various problems from excessive thirst and vomiting. And let’s not forget about dangerous chocolate and grapes and raisins!

5/ Dropping a peach pit on accident

If your dogs are anything like mine, they will dive on anything I drop on the kitchen floor.
When prepping peach or avocado, be careful not to drop the pits. A greedy dog can accidentally swallow it.

6/ Slugs

7 Summer Dangers To Your Dog

To a gardener, slugs and snails can be a nuisance because they eat the plants. But to dogs, can pose a severe health risk because they act as an intermediate host for one of the most serious types of internal worms, the lungworm.
When choosing a slug repellent, opt for the one that’s safe for pets and wildlife. I like Slug Gone wool pellets. And I also use dried crushed eggshells to repel snails and slugs but in that part of my garden where dogs are not allowed. Otherwise, they would eat them – eggshells, not slugs.

7/ Jumping into a pool

Even if your dog is a championship swimmer, he may not be able to get out of the pool on his own. Stay around the area and keep an eye on him so you can all have some safe summertime fun.

I didn’t mean to scare you with this blog, just to make you aware of potential summer dangers to your dog. To cheer you up check my blog about 5 Summer Activities To Do With Your Dog.

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