You love your fur baby… and you can’t stand it when they’re not OK. You do everything you can to keep them healthy and happy. But even the most perfect pet parent has to contend with occasional emergencies and unexpected vet visits.
There are just some things that are hard—maybe impossible—to avoid. And some things you’d only be aware of if you were a vet yourself. But as long as you know what those are and what to do about them, you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your dog.
So here’s a list of 7 important things you can do to keep your dog safe this season.
1. Don’t leave your dog in the car.
You know dogs die in hot cars. But what you may not realize is that even comfortable weather can lead to overheated cars… or that being too cold can hurt your dog too. When it’s a pleasant 72 degrees outside, your car can quickly hit more than 115 degrees inside in less than an hour, possibly leading to heat stroke. And keeping a window open won’t do much to offset that heat effect.
On the flip side, when the outside temperature drops into the 50’s and below, your car can get very cold very quickly. That can spell hypothermia for some dogs, especially indoor-only and very small dogs.
So even if you leave windows cracked, and even if you think it’ll just be a few minutes, being stuck in the car could spell danger for your dog even if the weather seems nice outside. They’re safer staying at home than being left in a closed car… even if they hate being without you.
You and your dog love to hike together, and it’s great for them. But it also presents some unintended potential dangers that you’ll need to keep an extra eye on to make sure your pup stays safe. Hiking gives your dog the opportunity to get into fallen leaves, which can be full of harmful bacteria and mold. They may also come across many things that can cause harm, like:
- animal carcasses
- wild mushrooms
- fallen fruits, which can get fermented or moldy
They may also be exposed to much larger populations of fleas and ticks, so make sure to check them carefully once you get done with your hike.
3. Be aware of pesticide exposure.
Whether it’s going to the park, hitting the hiking trails, or just walking around the neighborhood, your dog could be exposed to a lot of pesticides. It gets on their paws and sticks to their fur. And when they lick those areas, they’re ingesting poison. Plus, if your dog chews on grass, twigs, or mulch they could be consuming pesticides as well.
Try to avoid areas that have just been sprayed—that’s when the risk is highest. But even low levels of pesticides over time can mess with your dog’s health, especially their gut microbiome (the trillions of bacteria in their gut). After walks you can wipe down your pet’s paws to clear off any residue, give your dog access to plenty of fresh clean water, and call your vet if you notice any concerning symptoms.
4. Don’t give your dog harmful foods.
You may love to share with your dog, but sharing certain foods can be dangerous or deadly for your BFF. Make sure to never give your dog any of these toxic foods:
- nuts, especially macadamia nuts and salted nuts
- xylitol (a sweetener used in candy and gum)
You’ll also want to pay attention to any foods that make your dog sick with diarrhea or vomiting. Some dogs have more sensitive digestive systems, so avoid feeding anything that makes them ill. Common foods that many dogs’ digestive systems can’t handle include citrus fruits, dairy products, onions, corn, and soy products.
If you know your dog has eaten something dangerous, contact your vet or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
5. Keep your dog hydrated.
Dogs can get dehydrated very quickly, and it doesn’t take a long walk on a 90-degree day to do it. Research shows that dogs begin to get dehydrated within just 15 minutes of exercise. Any kind of extra fluid loss, like diarrhea or vomiting, can also increase the risk of dehydration.
Puppies, seniors, and toy breeds tend to get dehydrated more easily. And though your dog may have plenty of access to fresh water, not all dogs will drink without some kind of encouragement. If your dog isn’t a water drinker, try giving ice cubes as treats or rewarding them for drinking to make sure they stay hydrated throughout the day.
So how can you tell if your dog is getting dehydrated? Early signs include loss of appetite, panting, dry nose, and thick saliva. You can also do a “pinch test,” gently pulling up some skin near your dog’s shoulder blade. If your dog is well hydrated, that skin will instantly go right back into place… but on a dehydrated dog it will take noticeably longer. If your dog shows persistent signs of dehydration, contact your vet.
6. Help your dog feel safe during fireworks and thunderstorms.
Many dogs react badly to sudden loud noises, like fireworks and thunderstorms that don’t just occur during the summer months. Their hearing is sharper than ours, so noises that bother us can be even more upsetting for your dog.
So how can you help your dog when things get loud? While it may be your instinct to soothe and pet your pup when they are anxious and afraid, this can actually serve to reinforce the behavior. Instead, give them a distraction like a toy or puzzle game to play with, talk in a calm soothing tone, and pile on the white noise like TV or fans to help drown out those sudden bursts.
7. Support your dog’s gut microbiome.
Your dog’s gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria. And when their gut is in healthy balance, beneficial probiotic bacteria greatly outnumber harmful pathogens.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to knock that microbiome out of balance, especially if your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t. And when your pup’s gut is out of balance—a condition called dysbiosis—pathogens outnumber probiotic bacteria. That can cause some nasty GI (gastrointestinal) issues like extremely smelly gas and diarrhea.
But it can also trigger many seemingly unrelated issues like:
- itchy skin
- food sensitivities
- bad breath
- low energy
Luckily, it’s easy to get AND keep your dog’s gut in healthy balance with the right probiotics.
A probiotic supplement specifically formulated for pets was tested in dogs suffering with diarrhea and vomiting… and the results were overwhelmingly positive. Researchers tested a dog-focused supplement that included targeted probiotic strains: Bacillus subtilis HU58™, Bacillus licheniformis, and Pediococcus acidilactici.
Eleven dogs—at different levels of health—each got this probiotic daily for 30 days and here’s what happened:
- GI issues were dramatically decreased or disappeared entirely
- Gassiness was reduced in even the healthy dogs
- No healthy dogs experienced adverse issues
And when your dog’s microbiome is balanced, it affects more than just their gut. It can support a healthy appetite and energy levels, ease occasional anxiety, and keep your dog healthier and happier in general.
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