Every summer, our clinic sees pets for issues related to the season. Paws burned on the pool deck or hot sidewalks, stomach upset after sneaking off with some barbecue ribs, anxiety after thunderstorms, and July 4th fireworks are just a few examples.
Is it safe to take my dog for walks in summer?
Sidewalks, parking lots, patios, and outdoor surfaces in general can reach dangerously high temperatures in the summer heat. If your dog spends much time walking on these surfaces, burns and injuries to the paw pads are likely. It is generally not recommended for dogs to take walks during the hottest parts of the day in the summer; waiting until after dark or heading out in the early morning is best. If you must have your dog on hot ground during the summer days, investing in a set of dog-specific booties can really help minimize any damage or discomfort to the paws.
What people foods are okay for dogs?
Keeping a close eye on your dog during summer parties and barbecues can go a long way in preventing accidental ingestion of foods and items that are best avoided. Foods that can cause stomach upset or that are even toxic to dogs (grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate, and certain artificial sweeteners), bones from cooked or raw meat, or even an unattended pair of sandals that Fido finds appealing may all result in a worried call to the veterinarian or an unplanned trip to the emergency clinic.
What can I do about my pet’s anxiety?
Many pets have an uneasy relationship with fireworks, thunderstorms, and gatherings of unfamiliar people. With all of these events likely to coincide during the summer, severe stress and anxiety can plague your furry friend. Luckily, there are options that can provide some relief! ThunderShirts, medication, and natural vet-approved supplements can help your pet to feel better.
If you have questions about any summertime hazards and how they may impact your dog, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us help you and your pet have a great summer!