Spring officially arrives on March 20th, which means warmer weather is on its way. Increased sunshine is a welcome sign of outdoor activities to come, but it’s also an indicator that it’s time to be aware of potential dangers for your pet. Dogs are wonderful companions, and bringing them along for a sun-soaked day at the beach or hike through the woods can be a wonderful experience.
However, with warmer weather coming it’s important to prepare for outdoor adventures that may be hazardous for your pet. We’ve rounded up five common ways your four-legged friends can stumble into trouble, so take a moment and read through these tips on keeping your pet safe during the spring and summer months.
While most snakes are harmless, there are a few breeds that are extremely dangerous – rattlesnakes being one of them. These creatures are formidable foes for dogs, though it’s often an unintended. One way to help keep rattlesnakes away is to keep your yard tidy. Snakes are drawn to tall grass and random yard objects so keeping your lawn sleek is a good way to discourage snakes. Dogs can also take rattlesnake aversion classes, which trains them to avoid the venomous creatures. It’s A Dog’s World will host a class on Tuesday, March 22, call 909-548-3150 for more information.
While dehydration is more of threat during summer months when the heat is extreme, it’s a good idea to be aware of it in the spring months as well. Be sure your pet always has access to fresh, clean water and shade. Carry portable water bowls for road trips or outings. Also be sure to keep an eye out for heat stroke symptoms including decreased urination, lethargy, and dry nose/gums.
This may seem like an obvious threat, but all too often a dog will bound away into dangerous traffic. Be sure to keep your pet on a leash whenever enjoying an outdoor adventure near a road. Another thing to remember is to never, ever, leave your dog in a vehicle. There’s never an appropriate time to keep Fido locked away in your car.
Nothing says spring and summer like a good old-fashioned Bar-B-Que. It may come as a surprise that these fun-filled occasions can also be dangerous to your pet. Hot grills are one hazard to be aware of, so remember to keep your dog away from the grill. It’s also a good idea to monitor your pet while they’re searching for the inevitable table scrap to fall to the ground. Corn on the cob, chicken on the bone, grapes, raisins and garlic are all hazardous foods for your pet.
Insect Bites and Stings
No one likes the idea of being bitten or stung by an insect, including your pet. If your dog gets stung by a bee keep an eye out for swelling. Call your vet and check in on what treatment is best, there may be an over-the-counter remedy or a prescription they can recommend. Ticks are another danger, be sure to check your pet especially around the ears and groin.
Keep all of these tips in mind to ensure everyone has a great time outdoors!