5 Summer Dog Walking Hazards
Summer Dog Walking Hazards
There are a few hazards you need to watch out for when you are walking your dog in the summer. The warmer weather presents certain challenges to dog walkers and hazards that can harm your beloved pooch. However, these hazards can mostly be avoided if you are careful. Here are five summer dog walking hazards that all dog owners should be aware of.
This is an obvious one but surprisingly a lot of people don’t pay much attention to. Don’t walk your dog on pavements and tarmac on particularly hot days. If you walk your dog on surfaces that are too hot they could end up burning and damaging their paws.
Your dog probably won’t be able to let you know that a surface is too hot, but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel it. They can feel the heat on their feet just as we do. On very hot days walk your dog on grass or woodland to avoid burning their paw pads.
Grass seeds are a huge problem in the summer, especially for dogs with longer fur. This is definitely one of the less obvious summer dog walking hazards! You will most likely come across grass seeds on your dog walks, and it’s important to try and avoid them where possible.
Grass seeds lodge themselves in your dog's skin and can travel around inside their body, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. They can also cause infections and can be extremely difficult for vets to remove. Check your dog for grass seeds after every walk in the summer. If you see one stuck in their skin then take them to a vet right away.
Learn the signs of heat stroke so that you can help your dog before it’s too late. Avoid walking your dog at the hottest times of the day, walk them early in the morning and late in the evening instead. Know your dog’s limits and don’t make them do too much exercise on really hot days.
Adders sometimes come out in the summer to bask in the warmth of the sun. Coming across an adder is fairly rare, but it is possible for your dog to get bitten by one. They are the only venomous snake in the UK. Try and stick to paths as adders tend to stay in the undergrowth. If you are walking through heathland, keep your dog on a short lead to be safe. Bites are rarely fatal for dogs providing they get treatment very quickly. on dogs and adders which contains some information about what to do if they get bitten.
Ticks are another hazard that can cause a lot of problems for dogs in the summer. They are seen more often in the summer, and will latch onto your dog’s coat when they brush past. Ticks will then feed on your dog’s blood. They are usually not a problem if removed quickly and properly, but they can cause Lyme disease. Check your dog for ticks after every dog walk and have them removed as soon as possible.