Summer Pet Dangers

Summer’s almost here, and you and your pets are ready to enjoy everything the Colorado climate has to offer. You may also face some summer pet dangers as you’re out and about, and protecting your four-legged buddy starts with awareness.

You’re a smart and responsible pet owner, so we’re not going to harp on the dangers of leaving your pooch in your car this summer, especially with risks that are less obvious, but no less dangerous to your pets.

Heat Stress: Dogs and cats get hot, too, so watch out for signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion in your pets. Some breeds, such as pugs, struggle with heat more than other, and thick-coated dogs and cats will, obviously, have more issues with heat. Make sure you provide plenty of water, a shady place to rest, and know the signs of heat stress: lethargy, sunken eyes, loss of appetite and poor skin elasticity are among the most common.

Creepy Crawlies: Insects, spiders and snakes all love the summer just as much as you and your pet do. While you’re probably aware of the poisonous ones (rattlesnakes, black widows and brown recluse spiders in Colorado), there’s a host of critters that may spend their summer on your pet: ticks, fleas, lice and heartworm may want to feast on your pet.

Cookouts: Just like holiday menus can be bad for your pet, barbecues open up a host of bad mealtime choices for dogs. Barbecued meats may seem delicious, but they can lead to upset stomachs and diarrhea, and corn on the cob’s are not digestible and can cause intestinal obstruction. Likewise, ice cream can lead to stomach problems in dogs and cats with sweet tooths.

Swimming Pools: Just like you’ll need to keep a close watch on children around backyard pools, you’ll want to keep track of your pets. Getting out of a pool can be difficult or impossible for four-legged swimmers, so even enthusiastic doggie-paddlers may find themselves in pools they from which they can’t escape

Fishing Tackle: What’s the difference between all those pieces of string and fish line with a fish hook on it? To your cat’s eyes not much. Until she gets the hook stuck in a paw or her mouth, that is.


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