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Summer Trips With Your Dog

Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean you aren’t still thinking of a vacation. It may sound like great fun for you but sometimes traveling with your dog is not so much fun for them. Though the weather seems to be cooling a bit that heat dome keeps making its way around the country causing unusually high temperatures. It is important to keep your pet in mind when taking them on vacation in the heat. But the heat is not the only thing you need to be aware of.

Some dogs suffer from heat more than others. Brachycephalic breeds like Boxers, Bulldogs and Pugs can suffer from symptoms such as stroke, and dehydration in the heat. These breeds are more likely to have to visit the vet due to heat-related issues in the summertime. Make sure you bring water with you when vacationing. You also need to find shady spots to relax and never leave them in a hot car.

Stinging insects are on the loose. Did you know, during the summer your pet is two times more likely to get a sting from an insect? This can be painful in the least for your dog. You pet can have an anaphylactic episode just like a human. If you are traveling you may not be familiar with the bugs that are around and which ones are toxic and which ones are not. Make sure you keep your pet from nosing around in areas where stinging insects may be. If you see any change in their behavior, such as lethargy, vomiting, excessive drooling, swelling, you will want to take them to an emergency vet clinic to be examined.

Sunburn season is here, yes it is still here. Of course, in New Mexico, there is no end to sunburn season.  The end of the summer means the hottest month of the year in many areas. Your pet can get sunburn just like you can. It is best to make sure that you are not out in the heat of the day. Stay out of the direct sunlight to help protect your pet’s skin. Be careful about putting sunblock on them. Not all sunblock is ok for dogs. If you have a very pale dog and you want to get some kind of sun screen, make sure you are getting a pet-friendly kind that is no-toxic.

Allergic reactions can occur. You pet can suffer from allergic reactions due to pollen, dust, mold, even local plant life. They may come in contact with algae while swimming that can irritate their eyes and skin also. It is good for you to keep an eye on your pet. If you see extra itching, you may need to have us look at them.

When taking your pet to a new area for a summer trip it is good practice to be aware of issues that may arise. You need to know what dangers are lurking in the areas you plan to visit fo you can protect your pet. Make sure you also check the COVID situation before you travel. Be aware, be safe, and have fun in a careful way.