With summer and the heat come some things to keep in mind as a dog owner. We have listed some things to keep in mind as a dog owner and some gadgets that can be good to have on hand during hot summer days.
The most common reason why dogs suffer from heatstroke is staying in vehicles on hot days. With an outdoor temperature of 20-22 degrees, it does not take long before the heat in the car has risen to 50 degrees. Leaving the car windows ajar does not provide sufficient ventilation to lower the temperature in the car.
If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, you can try to get the dog to drink, place it in the shade, wet the whole body with cool water (what you can find, a ditch, a lake, a water hose, or a bottle). Always consult a veterinarian.
Remember always offer water and shade to your dog and avoid exercising the dog hard during hot summer days.
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Dogs can suffer from tick-borne diseases such as Borrelia, TBE, and Anaplasma. The faster you remove the tick, the less the risk of infection. Look through the dog’s fur when you have been out; it is not sure that the tick has had time to get stuck – make it a cozy routine. Several different preparations prevent tick infestations – consult a pharmacist or veterinarian about which is appropriate.
Viper bites are common in the summer. A snake bite has a wide range of effects on various canines. This is due to a variety of factors, including the location of the dog’s bite (typically the nose or the legs) and the amount of poison consumed. It’s impossible to know how the dog will react or how much it will be affected. As a result, it is recommended that you visit a veterinarian as soon as possible following the bite. To delay the spread of the poison in the body, it’s critical to keep the dog calm until you get to the clinic.
Keep in mind that there are many toxins a dog can access during the summer. Licking a toad, drinking algae-flowering water, glycol, and pesticides are all dangerous substances for our closest friend. Always contact a veterinarian if the dog shows symptoms of poisoning.
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Hotspots / Moisture Eczema
A hotspot is a form of eczema that mainly affects the skin around the neck/neck, back, face, thighs, and around the root of the tail. Eczema often smells terrible. The coat can become purulent and dull, the skin red and swollen; the eczema is very painful for the dog and can spread to other parts of the body and should therefore be treated as early as possible.
Hotspots often affect bathing dogs with thick fur, which takes a long time to dry, but can also be due to allergies. You can treat yourself with soap and water, but it can be good to cut off the fur around so that air gets to the infected area. If you have a dog with thick fur who likes to swim, it is good to dry it when it has bathed to counteract hotspots.
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Summer is a time when you eat out and often on the ground. Help the dog stay away from ice cream sticks, corn on the cob, fish, and chicken legs. Picnics and barbecue leftovers are not suitable for your dog. Vomiting, poor appetite, and difficulty in swallowing can be symptoms of the dog ingesting something inappropriate. If you suspect constipation, always consult a veterinarian!
Our lists some things that can be good to have on hand during hot summer days
- Phone number to the nearest veterinarian
- Water & Water Bowl
- First aid
- Life jacket
- Tick pickers
Remember that the above are only recommendations – if you are worried, you should always contact a veterinarian!
Go out in the summer and have fun together!
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