There are a lot of dangers to your pet—in all seasons—but with summer there just seems to be more. Of course the number one danger is leaving a pet in a hot car. Always make sure you don’t leave your dog in a hot car with all the windows rolled up—even for a moment. Even with the windows cracked it can become unbearably hot for your pet. Remember they’re wearing a fur coat!
And of course summer means fireworks and that means a lot of danger to many pets. Noise is concerning for dogs-and let’s face it fireworks are loud. Now my dog could care less and can actually sleep through fireworks (it’s just other types of noises that set her off). But for most dogs this is truly a fearful time. And don’t forget that many animals will try to escape dangers—loud noises, fires and car accidents among them. So take precautions with loud noise such as fireworks. Even though the holiday has past there are many summer celebrations that end with fireworks.
Picnics and barbecues are a whole different set of issues with types of food that dogs just shouldn’t be eating. Keep your dog away from these foods—better yet stick to a pet food diet for them whether you make it yourself or purchase it. You'll have a happier pet (they initially won’t think so but they will be!).
Bees and wasps can also sting your pet as well as you so take heed of those while outside. And of course mosquitos carry a host of diseases so make sure your dog is current on shots as well as prevention medication.
And there are things in the air that not only set off our allergies but your dogs as well. Check out Modern Dog Magazine's list of summertime dangers.
Taking precautions no matter the season, paying attention to your pet and having regular vet checkups are a must for keeping a safe and healthy pet.