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Local Hazards For Dogs

June 1 2023

Summers in Colorado can be absolutely gorgeous. Whether your plans include hiking, horseback riding, camping, swimming, or just spending time at your favorite spot, your canine buddy will be more than happy to accompany you on some adventures. Fido can be a great travel buddy! However, it’s important to keep your pup safe when you’re out and about. A Aurora CO vet lists a few concerns to be aware of below.


Man’s Best Friend is known for his fondness for sniffing—and sometimes eating—plants and flowers. Several types of flora are toxic to Fido. Some of the most dangerous ones include death camas, lupines, western water hemlock, larkspur, and locoweed. Bulbed plants, such as tulips and daffodils, are also unsafe. Foxtail grasses are dangerous as well, because of their sharp seed barbs. Mushrooms are another concern, as many types are poisonous. Play it safe, and don’t let your pooch nibble on plants.

Wild Animals

You’ll also need to be wary about wild animals. Colorado is home to several dangerous ones, including mountain lions, bears, coyotes, and even wolves. We also have a few rattlesnakes: the Prairie rattlesnake, Midget Faded rattlesnake, and Western Massasauga rattlesnake all live here. There are also smaller threats, such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, which carry heartworms. Make sure your canine friend is current on his parasite control, and keep him leashed at all times. It’s also worth noting that if you’re walking in the woods, and your dog fixates on something you can’t see, there may very well be a predator out there.


Pay attention to the terrain, and keep Fido away from potential hazards, such as steep cliffs and fast-moving rivers. Spending time near water? Fido may need a doggy lifejacket. This is a must if you’re going boating. If you’re going to a higher or lower elevation, you’ll also need to keep an eye on your furry buddy as he adjusts. Dogs can get altitude sickness, just as people can!


Your pooch should be fixed, microchipped, tagged, and up-to-date on his vaccinations, whether traditionally or using the titer option. Rabies is always a concern in areas with wildlife. You may also want to consider getting Fido vaccinated for Lepto, which can be contracted anyplace wild animals have been. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO pet hospital, anytime. We’re here for you! 

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