Spring brings with it warmer weather and a prettier view, but it can also bring with it new hazards for your dog. From heat exhaustion to toxic plants, there are several things that could hinder your and your dog’s experience outside. These tips will help make sure you and your hunting partner stay safe in the field:
Increased Hydration- Warming weather means increased chanced of heat exhaustion for you and your dog. Even mild temperatures can pose a threat if your pup is not exposed to exposed to enough water. Make sure you always have cool water on hand for your dog and that they are drinking until quenched. Our Canine Athlete C9 Canine Athlete Hydration Formula helps ensure your dog stays hydrated by improving the taste of regular water and replacing vital vitamins and nutrients your dog loses working hard outside.
Allergen Alert- For many humans, the first signs of spring are stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc. Did you know these same allergies can effect your dog? The first sign of allergies in canines is generally itchy skin, either all over or isolated to a certain area. Other signs include wheezing, coughing, or runny discharge from eyes/nose. If you suspect your dog has allergies, contact your veterinary healthcare professional. They will be able to help you identify and treat your dog’s allergen triggers.
New Dangers- With new growth may come new threats to your dog. Many wild plants can be toxic to your dog if ingested. The ASPCA offers a long list of toxic plants. If you suspect your dog has come in contact with or ingested any of these, contact your emergency veterinarian immediately.
Adjust Outdoor Activity- Your dog may have enjoyed hours of roaming outside in cooler weather, but make sure to keep an extra eye on him as the thermostat rises. What was enjoyable in March could hit dangerous in June. Make sure to take more frequent water and rest breaks when hiking, training, hunting, or just playing outside.
Ensure Shade is Always Available- As we all know, the direct light of the blazing sun can take its toll when exposed to it for long periods of time. Shaded areas can be up to 20 degrees cooler than direct sunlight. If you know your dog is going to be exposed to the sun for periods of time, ensure that there is shade available for your dog to take a rest.
These simple safety measures will ensure you and your hunting partner have a safe and healthy summer. What tips would you add to this list?