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Vet reveals top 5 doggy dangers

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There are many doggy dangers that pet owners should be aware of now that they and their best friends can spend more time outdoors.

Whether it's going for a swim or just hanging out in the backyard, dogs see a lot more of the outdoors during the warmer months.

"They get in trouble just like little kids," said Glastonbury Veterinarian Dr. Chip Beckett.

Beckett shared his top five dangers that he said dog owners should know.

Number five is be careful when doing yard work.

"They eat fertilizer, get into insecticides, mouse poison, mole baits," Beckett said. "We will see insecticides. People try to spray things and animals get underneath the sprayer and get a large dose."

Exposure can affect their metabolism, kidney function or worse.

"Fourth would be inappropriate foods," said Beckett.

Harlow the Doberman underwent surgery three times after eating corn on the cob that was thrown over a neighbor's fence.

"She had to have her intestines removed on three different occasions," Beckett said. "She's lucky to have lived through it three times."

Lucky and expensive for Harlow's owner, who spent $10,000 on the surgeries.

Another dog Beckett treated ate a steak bone and ended up in the emergency room.

"They're very sick, vomiting all the time, intestines damaged, blood doesn't clot," said Beckett.

Number three, he said be all ears.

"I'd say ear problems, usually from dogs swimming in ponds and streams - especially fresh water," said Beckett. "Salt water tends not to have as much problems as fresh water."

The second tip, be mindful of injuries. If the owner wasn't active all winter, chances were that the dog wasn't either.

"Sports injuries where they tear their ACL because they're jumping off and doing things they are not used to doing, especially this time in the spring when they haven't gotten themselves into shape," Beckett said.

The number one danger, be wary of spoiled food.

"They'll find spoiled food like a hamburger from a picnic that's been out there for a day or two and spoiled in the hot weather," Beckett said. "The dog eats it and gets food poisoning."

Beckett said cats tend to be a little more careful, but can still get into trouble.

He said they can go under a house or other hidden areas. He recommended not spraying fertilizer or hiding traps where felines might light to hang out.

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