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Summer Hazards – 5 Precautions for your Hunting Dog

Posted by The SportDOG Staff

Summertime means extra fun in the sun, but it also means some new dangers. These tips will help make sure you and your hunting partner stay safe in the field:

Increased Hydration – Warmer weather means increased chanced of heat exhaustion for you and your dog. Even mild temperatures can pose a threat if your pup is not drinking enough water. Make sure you always have cold water on hand for your dog and that they are drinking until quenched. Your pet needs 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.

Allergen Alert – For many humans, the first signs of spring are stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc. Did you know these same allergies can affect 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.

Watch for New Dangers – With new growth may come new threats to your dog. Many wild plants can be toxic to your dog, if ingested. If you suspect your dog has come in contact with or ingested any plants it should have, contact your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Adjust Outdoor Activity – Your dog may have enjoyed hours of roaming outside when the weather was cooler, but keep a watchful eye on him or her as the thermostat rises. Take more frequent water and rest breaks when hiking, training, hunting, or just playing outside.

Stay in the Shade – 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 extended periods of time, be sure there is shade available for it 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?

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