Keeping a dog means keeping it safe, and part of that transaction is knowing the dangers posed in everyday life. While some threats are more dangerous than others, it’s best to know what to watch out for if your loyal companion is injured or unwell. Here are some common dangers for dogs and how to avoid them:
Unfortunately, other animals pose a threat to your dog, so be aware of this when walking. Wild animals such as foxes, coyotes, and skunks can attack your dog. If they end up being injured by a wild animal, see a veterinarian immediately and avoid treating them at home. If they’re sprayed by a skunk, for example, don’t listen to the fake treatments – read an article on the skunk tomato juice myth here.
It’s not just wild animals that might attack your dog; other dogs could too. To prevent them from being attacked by animals, keep them on a leash when walking and watch them closely while they play at the dog park.
Many foods that are suitable for human consumption are toxic to dogs, so write them all down, so you don’t accidentally give them something that makes them sick. This includes gum, chocolate, some nuts, onions, and alcohol. The best way to keep your dog healthy is to only feed them what is dog labeled and keep human food out of reach.
Get lost or stolen
Unfortunately, many dogs are lost or stolen on a daily basis, so keep your dog safe by keeping him on a leash and not leaving him outside unattended. You don’t want to walk the streets one night pinning posters to lampposts!
Some common household plants are poisonous to dogs, so keep them out of reach or not at all. These include aloe vera, tulips, and sago palm.
There are also many poisonous plants found in the wild, such as oak acorns, milkweed, and deadly camas. Keep an eye on your dog at all times, and if you notice any irregular symptoms, see your vet immediately.
Disease and illness
All dogs get sick, but hopefully that won’t happen until much later in life. To keep your dog as healthy as possible, give him a varied diet, plenty of exercise, and take him to the vet regularly. After all, you want your loyal friend to stay with you for a long time!
Too much sun
If the temperature rises outside, don’t expect your dog to be immune to its heat. If you decide to take your dog for a walk on a very hot day, check the sidewalk temperature first – if it’s hot to the touch, your boyfriend’s feet will burn while walking.
A good amount of water is essential on a hot day, so carry a bowl and water bottle so they can pump up the H20 whenever they need to.
Life is full of risk, and it’s up to you as the owner to protect your dog from anything that could hurt him. By being aware of the dangers, your dog has a better chance of leading a long and happy life.