Keeping Your Dog Safe Outdoors

Keeping Your Dog Safe Outdoors

Spring is finally here! As the weather warms up, many of us will be happily heading outdoors for some fun in the sun. Man’s Best Friend also enjoys getting some fresh air and exercise! Just be sure to keep your canine pal’s safety first. There are all sorts of ways for Fido to get into trouble outdoors. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses outdoor doggy safety.

Veterinary Care

Make sure your dog is current on his parasite control products. Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can make your beloved pet very, very sick! Staying current with your pup’s vaccinations is also crucial. If your pooch has a run in with a wild animal, you don’t want to have to worry about the chances of him contracting rabies! Fido should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Heat

Dogs can easily overheat in summer, especially if they are doing lots of running and climbing. If you like to take your furry pal hiking, always make sure to bring plenty of water along, for both you and your pooch. Also, keep a close eye on your pup. If you notice Fido panting heavily, or if he starts lagging behind, take a break and give him some water. Not all dogs are well-suited to vigorous exercise, so ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Training

Training isn’t just about teaching your pup good manners and cute tricks: it’s also crucial for safety reasons. Make sure your canine buddy knows—and obeys—basic doggy commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Training can help you stop your four-legged friend from approaching strange animals or dangerous areas, like riverbanks. It can also keep Fido from exploring areas that could be housing wild animals, such as debris piles.

Common Hazards

Keep a close eye out for potential hazards. Cars, wild animals, weather, chemicals, bodies of water, and toxic plants are just a few of the things that can endanger our furry friends. Foxtail grass is another concern: the seeds have sharp awls that can embed themselves in pets’ skin, and burrow their way into animals’ internal organs. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, today!

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