Keep an eye out for these common summer dog emergencies - and know how to respond to them.
Common warm weather dog emergencies - and how to treat them
June 13, 2012
With the mercury rising all over the country, dog owners will be taking advantage of the great outdoors and more than likely bring their companions with them. While this is certainly an enjoyable time of year, it does pose its fair share of challenges from a dog wellness standpoint. In particular, hot temperatures, humidity levels and the sun exposure can make summer a trying time for dog owners. Here are a few common seasonal ailments to look out for and how to treat them if they arise.
1. Heat exhaustion. Whether you're taking a long hike or just a fast-paced walk, you should always be on the alert for signs of dehydration. According to the Baltimore Sun, your pooch will begin to show signs by excessive panting, lethargy and lying down with his tongue out. If this starts to occur, get your dog to a shady spot and provide him with a good supply of water. After a bit of rest and relaxation he should be fine, but it's important to monitor your dog's condition in warm weather to avoid pushing him too hard.
2. Burnt paw pads. If your pooch unknowingly steps onto baking-hot asphalt, he could potentially burn his paw pads, which can make every step a bit more uncomfortable. If you've noticed some of this irritation, it may be wise to take a trip to the vet's office. Your doctor will be able to treat and bandage these wounds effectively and can prevent your pooch from licking the spot and potentially worsening the infection.
3. Sunburns. According to AKCCHF.org, canines with white or thin coats can be at increased risk of sunburn, so it's wise for owners to keep an eye on these breeds and limit their sun exposure. Additionally, investing in dog-friendly sunscreen can also help these canines enjoy their time in the sunshine without and painful burns. Always use a sunscreen that is formulated for dogs, as human-grade sunblock will react negatively with the pH level of your dog's skin.
The summer comes with its own share of potential problems for canines, but a bit of extra education can pay dividends in the event of an emergency situation. Summer has only just begun, so make sure you keep your eye out for symptoms and be ready to treat them when they happen.