We all want our furry friends to live long, healthy lives, but everyday dangers can cause your pup harm. From biting ticks to choking on a favorite treat, your dog can find himself in some scary situations. When disaster strikes and your pup gets injured, are you ready to help? Here are some tips to help you prevent and handle some common problems.
We love when our warm, furry friend curls up on our feet or lap to keep us cozy, but their bodies are also a pest’s favorite place. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects are abundant in the summer months and can carry a variety of diseases, so be sure to keep up with your pup’s flea and tick prevention medicine. You should also check your dog daily for any bites, bumps, scabs, ticks, or other problems, especially after being outside for a while.
There are various methods people use, with orally administered treatments being the most effective against fleas. There are also collars and topical medicines to prevent ticks and fleas. Talk to your vet to see which might be most effective for your dog. You can also help avoid these pests by keep your yard clean and trimmed, getting rid of any standing water that may attract mosquitoes and, if possible, limiting your dogs time outdoors.
The Danger of Dehydration
Every summer, stories of dogs overheating in vehicles or becoming dehydrated hit the news. This is a common but easily preventable problem. Whether your pup stays indoors or outdoors, make sure he has plenty of water to drink. If it’s an especially hot day, make sure he has some shade in a doghouse or the garage, or consider bringing him inside. Never leave your dog closed up in your car during the hot summer months, even if you roll down the windows. And always take water and a bowl with you on a walk, when going for a hike or to the dog park.
Be Ready for Disaster
You just never know when your pup might start choking or get bitten by a snake or other animal. Be ready for the worst and keep a pet first aid kit on hand, as well as a pet safety book like this one from the Red Cross that shows how to perform CPR on your pet. Your kit should include many human first aid staples: emergency contact numbers for your vet, gauze, bandages (ones that will not stick to your dog’s fur), antibacterial ointment, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, cotton balls, an anal thermometer, disposable gloves and saline solution.
If you live in an area with poisonous snakes, be familiar with the do’s and don’ts of what to do if your pet is bitten: try to immobilize your pet, keep him calm and seek veterinary care immediately. Minimize interaction with snakes by keeping your dog leashed when exploring areas known for having snakes, keep your own yard trimmed and no not keep piles or rocks, wood or trash near your home.