It goes without saying that there are dangers for dogs in every season. Hopefully most understand the danger of heat and over exertion for dogs in summer, as well as the danger of leaving your pet in a hot car.
There are other dangers around, especially here in the Rocky Mountains. Snakes can be a source of interest for dogs—they make noise and move quickly—what’s not fun about that? Make sure that the area your dog walks and plays in is safe from the danger of poisonous snakes. Here it’s mostly rattle snakes that you need to be aware of. In our rugged parks and hiking trails there are plenty of snakes around so dog owners needs to be heads up an aware. If your dog gets bit by a poisonous snake, immediately restrict the movement of your pet, mobilize the limb if bitten there and get to your vet immediately. Don’t try to incise the bite wound to aspirate the venom and DO NOT apply a tourniquet without veterinary assistance. Again it’s very important to reach a vet as soon as possible.
Other dangers for dogs can be found in hiking areas and even larger dog parks, such as thorns in their paws or slipping on rocks. Water can also be a problem-while many dogs love to run and play in creeks many area creeks have Giardia which is a parasite that left untreated can cause vomiting and severe diarrhea. Treatment is a round of antibiotics until the dog can be tested again. Not a pleasant thing for your dog to have.
Playing and hiking outdoors with your dog is very enjoyable for both dog and owners alike, just be aware of some of the preventable dangers to dogs.