The arrival of the warm season brings lots of sunshine, barbeques and fun outdoor activities our way! But embarking into the Great Outdoors also brings with it some pesky pests who love the hot and humid weather. This can be a real nuisance to both you and your dog which is why we’ve compiled a handy list of the main pests to watch out for during the summer season!
Probably the biggest summer pest for your dog – a tiny parasite which lurks amidst long grasses which dogs often sniff/walk through. Regularly check your dog for ticks . The easiest way to remove ticks is to obtain a tick removal tool. I have been using the O’Tom Tick Twister very successfully for years . You can purchase it online or sometimes through your vet. Tweezers can be of use BUT it’s important to grasp where the tick’s mouth meets your dog. Often tweezers can leave the head of the tick buried in your dogs skin so pull gently and steadily while trying to tease out the whole tick.
Bee and Wasp Stings
If you see your dog trying to chase a bee or wasp then try to distract/stop them. If they get stung then remove the sting with tweezers, being careful not to squeeze the poison sack (if it’s a bee sting). A wasp sting will only require cleaning with some malt vinegar or lemon juice to soothe the area. Watch out for sting allergies be particularly careful if your dog is stung in the mouth. Report to your vet if your dogs mouth swells or it suffers any kind of bad reaction!
These are easily picked up by walking through long grass and can get caught in your dog’s paws, ears and eyes. Constant itching and discomfort in these areas (such as paw-licking or head-shaking) should be a signal to take your dog to the vet where they can treat the problem. The longer they go untreated, the harder they will be to remove.
Fleas – fleas aren’t just a summer problem but it’s important to keep an eye on your dog, its bedding and indoor areas to prevent an infestation. If your dog has fleas then use a trusted flea removal product to kill them. In severe cases you may need to spray your house Your vet can advise.
Weed Killer – not so much a pest but something to be wary of, especially during the summer months. Keep your dog off private property and under close control, making sure they don’t pick up any material from areas that may be chemically controlled (fields, woodland areas). Any signs of suspicious vomiting, dizziness or diarrhoea then seek veterinary guidance.