In the summertime, your pets are at greater risks for health hazards because of heat waves and the reawakening of bugs and other summer-born critters. That said, this article covers three of the most common health hazards to dogs in summer, and how to help your pup cope.
1) Dehydration is the Leading Cause of Seizures, Heat Aggression, Lethargy, and Summer Deaths in Dogs
Lack of enough water for your dogs can lead to a whole host of dehydration-related issues, such as heat aggression. Which is basically when your pup lashes out at anyone and everyone because they are overheated, super irritable, and simply not feeling well.
What to do: Keep your dog indoors for the duration of a hot summer’s day. Provide them with a 32-ounce dish of fresh, cool water, which you can refill as necessary. You can further cool them off by throwing in a few ice cubes.
Tip: Make sure your home is secure against the summertime heat. Use spray foam solutions as insulators to seal the cracks in your house. This keeps the cool air in and the hot air out (and vice versa in the winter).
2) Bees, Ticks, Fleas, and Snakes = Dangers to Your Pups When the Weather Warms Up
When the weather gets hotter, the bugs and summertime animals make their way out to be productive before winter rolls back around. Bees, ticks, fleas, and snakes pose threats to your pups.
Protect your dogs against ticks and fleas with vet-prescribed medication that kills either on contact. Check their fur often to ensure no ticks are present. As for bees, keep a watch on your pup to keep them from getting snappy at stinging insects. And keep your grasses trimmed and well-maintained to avoid creating hiding places for snakes.
3) Lots of Fur—Yep, Your Dog’s Own Hair Could Be a Problem in Summer Heat Waves
Thick-haired dogs, like huskies and malamutes, need to be trimmed and well-groomed to contend with the heat of summertime. Their own hair becomes the enemy because it retains heat in a double coat. This could lead to heat exhaustion and, in the worst cases, death.
What to do: Schedule your pup for some quality time at a groomer for a trim and perhaps a base shave on key spots, like the belly. At home, be sure to brush your pup regularly to get rid of loose/dead hairs that would make the fur matted and produce heat spots.