As we know the summer season is just around the corner, so being a dog owner, you should know about these common health problems that can affect your dog’s health during the summer season.
1. Fleas and Ticks
During summers, the chances your dog getting infested with fleas and ticks are higher. Fleas are pests that can cause some very serious health problems for your pet dog. So whenever you get back home after a summer day walk, make sure to check your dog coat. Ticks and fleas usually hide in tall grasses and bushes. They are good at hiding under a dog’s thick coat. You have to carefully check their fur, especially the region around the mouth, inside ears, neck etc. Learn how to remove ticks and fleas here!
2. Lyme disease
It is transmitted through ticks and an instant sign is Lameness. Lyme disease results in swelling of the joints, lymph nodes, lethargy, and appetite loss. It is a fairly common disease in dogs. This disease is known to affect the kidneys and cause a kidney failure if it’s not treated on time.
Dehydration is a very common problem in dogs during summer season. Dog get dehydrated due to shortage of water in the body. If your dog is dehydrated, you would notice symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, difficulty in breathing, dry skin and sticky gums. If you think that your dog is suffering from dehydration, give them cold water to drink with ice. Exercise your dog early in the morning or evening to avoid the peak heat hours of the day.
Sunburn is the most common problem in humans during summers, but it affects dogs too. A dog with a short coat and light hair on face are at a higher risk of sunburn. To avoid sunburns, pet owners should keep their pets under a cool shade. You can also use pet sunscreen lotions on their paws and exposed skin areas. Try to avoid peak sun hours outside.
Older dogs and the dogs who are a bit overweight are at a higher risk of Heatstroke in summers. You can minimize the chances of heatstroke by keeping your dog cool. You can offer him ice water and keep them in cool shade. As dog’s don’t sweat like humans, they need timely grooming to regulate their body temperature.
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