Summertime Dog Safety

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – As the weather gets warmer, more of us want to spend time outdoors and that can include more time with our furry friends. But summertime fun can bring some hazards to our dogs that we need to keep in mind to keep them safe. 

The summer heat can have an effect on all of us, so don’t forget to keep your little pups cool.

Heat stroke and dehydration can happen quickly; dogs suffering from dehydration and heat stroke can show similar signs such as excessive panting, bright red gums, reluctance to move and/or loss of consciousness. Temperatures can feel surprisingly cool to us but still have an effect on your pups.

Breeds that are most susceptible to overheating are short face breeds, overweight pets, very young or very old, dogs with Cushing’s or laryngeal paralysis. If you suspect your dog may be overheating, bring them into a cooler environment to slowly bring down their body temperatures.

Do not put pets in an ice-cold shower, you need to cool them down slowly. Consult your local vet for induvial pet’s needs. 

We all know someone who likes to feed the dog under the table at our family BBQs, however, it is important to know what your dog has eaten and avoid foods that could be deadly.

Local Vet Dr. Eppelshimer from Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital advises us to try to limit human food for your dog, but if you want to give your furry friend a treat, stick with carrots or green beans.

Dangerous foods fall under two categories; food that can cause obstructions and food that can be toxic to your dog. Avoid chicken wings/bones, avocado pits and/or corncobs—they can get stuck in your pet’s throat or GI track. Toxic food includes anything with Xylitol (found in chewing gum and some peanut butter brands), avocados, artificial sweeteners, garlic, red onions, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins and of course chocolate. Less than an ounce of dark chocolate may be enough to poison a 44-pound dog.

So, it’s important to make sure you keep an eye on what your pet eats.

Vomiting and diarrhea often happen within the first few hours if your dog has gotten into foods they should not have. Other symptoms to keep an eye out for include: loss of appetite, weakness, abdominal pain, dehydration, and/or little or no urine. You should call your vet right away if your pet shows any of these symptoms. 

Make sure your pet is on a flea and tick preventive all year. Anytime your pet has been bitten by something it is important to keep a close eye on it. If you notice any swelling it is time to call the Vet.

We are told it is always helpful when dealing with snake bite to be able to describe the type of the snake to the vet. 

Charleston is a pet-friendly city, the nice weather is a great way to enjoy time with your dog. But if you notice your animal is not acting normal, it’s time to follow up with the vet.

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