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- Poisoning from pest products. Commonly used flea-and-tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful if ingested. Some flea products can be used safely on dogs and cats, but products labeled as “dog only” containing permethrin can be deadly to cats.
- Poisoning from citronella candles, insect coils and oil products. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and central nervous system depression, and if inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia.
- Temper flareups. More people take their dogs out during warmer weather and tempers may flare over territory, so keep an eye on those around you. Make sure your dog is safe and secure around strangers and other animals.
- Fireworks. Never use fireworks around pets, because exposure can result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets. Many fireworks contain toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Keep pets up-to-date on vaccinations and preventative medications. Fleas and ticks stay busy in warm weather and summer is also the prime time for heartworms.
- Beware of cocoa mulch and other gardening products. Cocoa mulch can be deadly if ingested and has an appetizing scent to some animals. Pesticides, fertilizers and other harsh chemicals also can be fatal if ingested.
- Plan dog walks. On a hot day, take a shorter walk at midday, when the temperature peaks, and longer walks in the morning and evening, when it is cooler. Hot sidewalks can burn the pads on your dog's paws, so walk on the grass when possible.
- Never leave a dog outdoors unattended on a chain or tether. Long-term chaining during the hot months can result in countless insect bites, dehydration and heat stroke. Even short-term unattended tethering can pose risks such as theft or attacks by people or animals.
- Keep pets properly restrained in a vehicle. Special seat belts and secured carriers can protect pets during accidents and prevent them from distracting the driver. The back of a pickup truck is never a safe place for a pet to ride.
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- Protect dogs from sunburn and skin cancer. Ask your veterinarian about sun block, preferably in a formula that your dog cannot lick off. Light-colored dogs - especially those that lack black pigment around the eyes, ears and nose - are susceptible to the sun's ultraviolet rays and should be kept out of the bright sun.
- Ease trauma from thunderstorms. Many dogs can sense a thunderstorm coming from the rapidly falling barometric pressure, and they will become anxious in advance of the storm. Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes. Turn on a TV or radio at normal volume as a distraction and to help your dog relax. Let your dog stay close, and try to distract him with play. Do not try to comfort him in a sympathetic voice; this will sound like praise and may increase his nervousness and confusion.
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