For the ‘Dog Days’ 4 Hazards That Threaten to Tank Your Pet’s Summer 

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Year after year, the effects of climate change are becoming more apparent. It had been predicted that El Nino or the warming of the oceans’ surface would largely influence the 2024 summer. It appears that its hold has been pretty strong so far. 

Experts have already voiced the possibility of 2024 being the hottest year on record. If we are practically melting in the sultry weather, it’s even worse for our pets. Due to thermoregulation, dogs have a higher internal body temperature than humans. 

This makes it extremely crucial for pet parents to stay vigilant against common summer health hazards. In this article, we will discuss the four most common and dangerous ones along with preventative measures. 


One of the greatest dangers to your dogs’ health and summer fun is dehydration. Though dogs have sweat glands, they do not sweat as much as humans. Their primary means of cooling down is panting. In case of excessive panting, it’s possible that they may feel fatigued and dehydrated. 

A lack of water intake and a diet that primarily involves kibble or dry food will only accelerate the onset of dehydration. According to the American Kennel Club, the typical symptoms of canine dehydration include –

  • A loss of appetite 
  • Thick saliva 
  • Sunken eyes 
  • Excessive panting 
  • Loss of skin elasticity 
  • Lethargy or reduced energy levels 

To prevent your pet from getting dehydrated, have a supply of cool water nearby in the form of a hose or wet towel. Also, give them sufficient water to drink. In case your pet is picky, consider mixing some bone broth with the water or offer them ice cubes to chew. Furthermore, feed them a balanced diet that includes part dry and part wet food, at least during the summer. 


This summer hazard also has to do with the fact that dogs cannot dissipate body heat as easily as humans. Their only way to regulate body temperature is to pant or release sweat via paw pads and the nose. 

When a canine’s body temperature becomes dangerously high and they are unable to cool down quickly, a heatstroke becomes inevitable. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, over 160 companion animals (including dogs) died due to the 2023 summer heat. 

They were left outside or inside hot cars. Another 850+ were rescued from the heat as they barely survived. This year, 14 animals have already died and 24 have been rescued. Pet parents must prevent their dog’s body temperature from rising abnormally. 

Here are some ways to keep your pooch safe this summer –

  • Avoid leaving them inside cars even for a quick errand.
  • Ensure your pet has access to sufficient water and shade at all times. 
  • Do not take your dog for a walk during the hottest parts of the day. Also, avoid letting them participate in strenuous exercises. 
  • Keep your pooch away from hot surfaces like concrete, sand, etc., that reflect heat. 

Flea Allergies 

Dogs may face the threat of flea or tick allergies all year round. However, these parasites like to especially feast upon the host’s body during the warm and humid climate. If your pet is already prone to seasonal allergies, their risk of attracting fleas is higher. 

VCA Animal Hospitals states that flea allergy dermatitis can develop among dogs of all ages. The most common symptoms include hair loss, constant itching, scabs and sores, restlessness, and visible fleas or ticks in worst-case scenarios. 

Besides making your pooch miserable, fleas threaten to cause infections and other serious conditions. This summer, keep your canine companion safe from fleas and other parasites. There are flea combs and sprays available to monitor your pet’s health. 

As a preventative measure, consider feeding them chewable tablets. When administered orally, they can offer comprehensive protection. Plus, they are made palatable for easier administration. For instance – the flavor of Sentinel dog tablets makes them appetizing and suitable for pooches as young as four weeks old. 

According to PetCareRx, such tabs can not only control fleas but also keep heartworms and other intestinal parasites at bay. Despite tight prevention measures, take your pet for regular check-ups to stay on the safe side. If the vet suspects any fleas, they will recommend appropriate treatments to curb flea populations before they get out of control. 

Lyme Disease 

This condition is also the result of a bacterial infection via tick bites. Its risk is greater during summer since such organisms are more active around this time. Lyme disease is a serious problem as it can affect the dog’s heart, brain, joints, and spinal cord. 

Canines that spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in wooded areas, are at greater risk of developing this disease. Listed below are some of Lyme disease’s common symptoms –

  • Weight loss 
  • A lack of appetite 
  • Swelling in joints 
  • A sudden surge in urination and thirst 
  • High fever 
  • Lethargy and lameness 

If a dog is diagnosed with this condition, they may be given medicines for joint pain and swelling along with antibiotics to manage the infection. The treatment must continue for 30 days before its effects become visible. 

Long story short, summers can be a trying period for our furry companions, much more than it is for us. 2024’s heat wave has gone wild to another level. Parts of the world are still parched in anticipation of the monsoon. Now is not the time to slack on your pet’s ‘beat the heat’ strategies. Follow the tips mentioned in this article and let nothing tank their summer fun.

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