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Summer Hazards For Dogs


Summer fun can also bring a whole new set of warm weather hazards for your dog. According to the ASPCA, these are a few of the top hazards and below are the reasons why.

Animal Toxins:

Certain species of toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions call all be very dangerous to dogs. Even just mouthing a toad or drinking water that a toad sat in could lead to possible death by poisoning. Read more at petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/toads.

Although many spiders are harmless, the black widow and brown recluse spider can be lethal. Don’t let your dog play with spiders or other insects.

Outdoor Plants and Bulbs:

The list of plants and bulbs that can be toxic to dogs is far too long to include here. Make sure to take a good inventory of your yard and any outdoor space your pet spends time in and remove any plants that are unsafe. A complete list of plants that are poisonous to your dog are listed here.

Swimming Pool Treatment Supplies:

Pool chemicals are dangerous in two forms. Don’t let your dog drink the pool water and make sure stored chemicals are safely out of your dog’s access.

Fly Baits with Methomyl:

Methomyl is an insecticide that is highly toxic to pets as well as humans. Because Methomyl is also toxic if inhaled, make sure your pets are not exposed to them in any space.

Slug and Snail Baits with Metaldehyde:

Metaldehyde is a popular insecticide found in multiple forms including: pellets, liquids, pelleted baits, wettable powders, and granules so it may be difficult to keep track of. It is toxic to all species. Without treatment this poisoning can be deadly.

Blue-green Algae:

Found in both fresh water and salt water. Don’t let your dogs swim in or ingest water that has the appearance of pea soup. Dogs can die within an hour of ingestion. For more information on the seriousness of this summer toxin visit petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/blue-green-algae.

Citronella Candles:

Citronella candles, insect coils and oil products can produce stomach irritation in dogs, and possibly cause central nervous system depression. Keep them well out of reach of dogs.

 Cocoa Mulch:

Yes it smells good but this product of chocolate production still contains methylxanthine, the part of chocolate and coffee that is poisonous to dogs. Dogs have varying reactions to methylxanthine, best to play it safe and avoid use of cocoa mulch.

Compost Piles:

Although we love the green aspect of composting, make sure your compost piles are well fenced off. Decaying organic matter can be toxic to pets and wildlife, even small amounts can lead to serious illness within as little as 3o minutes.


Fertilizers can contain a wide variety of dangerous ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Read more about the common signs to watch for from fertilizer poisoning at petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/fertilizers.

Flea Products:

Carefully read any flea and tick product prior to applying to your pet, your self, your home or your yard. When used incorrectly these products can result in serious illness or even death. For alternatives to traditional flea and tick medicines check out these options in the Pup’s Place grooming section.

If you suspect your dog has come into contact with any of these items or is showing any signs of   illness or poisoning contact your vet immediately. 

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