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6 summertime doggie dangers

The dog days of summer can be downright hazardous to your dog's health. Keep him safe this summer!
  • Summer fun can turn dangerous

     

    The common trappings of summer -- cookouts; hot, humid weather; and fireworks -- all pose a danger to dogs, says LizRozanski, DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Keeping these things in mind will help you keep your dog safe.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 1. Shish kabobs and other foods-on-a-stick

    These foods pose a special danger to dogs, who can ingest the sticks and wind up with fragments which can cause blockages or gastrointestinal perforations, says Rozanski. Bones can also splinter inside a dog's digestive tract. Keep pets clear of chicken wings and don't give them bones from the meat you grill.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 2. Toxic food

     

    The garlic in your favorite marinade, the grapes and raisins in your fruit salad, or the chocolate in your brownies can all cause harm. Keep them out of your dog's reach.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 3. Overeating

    A little food at the cookout is fun for dogs -- let them enjoy the party. But "people" food adds up quickly, so have your guests, especially kids, check in with you before feeding Fido their scraps. Letting dogs overeat can cause vomiting or more serious problems.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 4. Heat stroke and exhaustion

    Make sure your dogs have plenty of water.  Put some ice cubes in it for a special treat, Rozanski says, and provide a shady spot to lie down. If your dog is panting excessively, shows signs of lethargy or has dry gums, call your veterinarian right away.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 5. Never leave pets in the car

    Any outside temperature above 65 degrees is especially worrisome, Dr. Rozanski says. Leave pets at home in a cool, safe place.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs
  • 6. Thunder and fireworks

    Many dogs are afraid of the loud noise caused by thunder and fireworks. Make sure your dog has a safe, quiet (ideally, soundproof) place to rest during thunderstorms and the rockets' red glare.

    Date Published: July 20, 2012
    Date Updated: August 2, 2012
    Tags: Dogs

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