Summer Hazards That Could Harm Your Dog

Summertime presents some unique seasonal challenges that could harm your dog if you don't keep a close eye on them and take some precautionary measures. Here are some summer hazards you should keep an eye on.

#1 Water With Chemicals

Many dogs love to jump into just about any body of water that they see. If your dog is a swimmer, you need to be careful about letting your dog swim in pools that are treated with chemicals. Although chlorine and similar chemicals are great at keeping water clean for people to swim in, these chemicals can really irritate your dog's skin. They also don't set well on your dog's stomach if they drink the water.

If you let your dog swim in a pool treated with chemicals, make sure that you have access to a hose to wash them off once they get out of the pool so the chemicals don't hurt your dog. You should also try to limit the amount of water that your dog drinks from pools or puddles by providing them with access to lots of fresh water.

#2 Ticks, Fleas, and Flies

Parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and flies tend to thrive during the the summertime. This is the most active time of year for these types of pests. You can protect your dog against these pests through the use of flea and tick collars, sprays, and shampoos. You should talk to your vet and see what the best way to keep parasites off of your pet would be.

#3 Allergies

Some dogs suffer from seasonal allergies. These allergies are usually triggered by things such as flowers, mold, and sometimes fleas. If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, then they will experience similar allergy symptoms like humans, such as coughing, sneezing, and irritated eyes.

If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, you are going to want to keep your dog away from whatever triggers their summer allergies. You may also need to get some medication from the vet for your dog.

#4 Fireworks

Fireworks present a variety of different hazards to your dog. To start with, you don't want to keep fireworks out where your dog can grab onto them. Many fireworks look like sticks and toys to your dog. You don't want your dog to pick up a firework in their mouth. If for some reason the firework were to go off, it could seriously harm your dog.

Also, many dogs are startled by the sound of fireworks as they can be really loud and really bright. If your dog has never been around fireworks, you'll want to keep them inside when fireworks are being set off, or keep them on a short leash right next to you so you can keep an eye on your dog, keep them calm, and keep them out of harm's way.

#5 Campfires

Campfires can also be hazardous to dogs. Campfires contain actual sticks that your dog may want to play with. If you cook over your campfire or near it, your dog may be tempted to try to access that food. Lighter fluid, commonly used to start campfires, is also poisonous to your dog.

Make sure that you teach your dog how to behave around a campfire and keep a close eye on them.