3 Desert Hazards for Dogs

California is a great place to live! Here in the Golden State, we have several different types of landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, redwood forests, beautiful beaches, and, of course, deserts. Those dry, arid regions are certainly breathtaking, but they can also be very dangerous to pets. Read on as a Riverside County, CA vet discusses desert safety for dogs.


Cactuses, succulents, and other prickly plants can seriously hurt your canine buddy. It’s not uncommon for dogs to get pricked on their paws, noses, and/or faces. Foxtail grasses are another concern, as their seeds have sharp awls, which can get lodged beneath Fido’s skin and then burrow into his body. Many plants are also toxic to our four-legged friends. If you have a yard, make sure to remove any dangerous plants. When you are walking your furry pal, stick to safe areas. Better safe than sorry!

Wild Animals

Desert wildlife can be very dangerous to dogs! Many predators, such as coyotes, hunt at night. Make sure your yard is well-lit, and keep Fido indoors after sunset if you can. Of course, smaller critters, such as spiders, snakes, scorpions, and even toads, can also pose a threat. Keep your yard, shed, doghouse, and garage clean, and remove any debris that could make a tempting habitat for a creepy-crawly. Making sure your canine companion is properly trained is also important. Teaching your dog simple commands can help you keep him from running up to dangerous areas or animals. Ask your vet for more safety tips.


Those sweltering summer days can be very dangerous to our canine pals! Man’s Best Friend should always have plenty of fresh, cool water, but this is especially crucial in hot weather. When temperatures rise, keep your pup indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or AC, as much as possible. We also recommend walking your dog in the mornings and evenings, when it isn’t as hot out. Regularly brushing your pooch can also help. This will remove dead fur and dander from your pet’s coat, which will help him stay cooler. Last but not least, use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s furry feet, so he doesn’t burn his paws on hot ground.

Please contact us, your local Riverside County, CA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or well-being. We provide the best veterinary care around!

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