It’s summertime, which means warm air and long, sunny days throughout Minnesota. For people and their pets, it can be a chance to get out and explore the world. For dogs especially, summertime is a smorgasbord of delightful sensory experiences with critters all around and plenty of interesting smells and sounds to explore.


But summertime can also bring with it a host of added potential hazards for pets, especially for canines with adventurous spirits. Some of the more common summertime health problems we see at Normandale Veterinary Hospital are caused by harmful insects and parasites. Read on to learn about the biggest summertime bug dangers from our Edina veterinarian care team.

1.   Ticks

Ticks are bad news for dogs. Although ticks are found year-round in many regions, pets tend to spend more time outdoors in tall grass and brush during summer, making them particularly vulnerable at this time.


At best, their bites will only mildly irritate a dog’s skin. But they can also cause infections or even diseases such as Lyme disease. A veterinarian can help you remove ticks safely and check for ticks that may be hiding in your pet’s paws or fur.

2.   Mosquitoes

Nobody likes mosquitoes with their irritating bites. But for dogs, mosquitoes can carry a deadly parasite known as heartworms. Common dog heartworm symptoms include lethargy, trouble breathing, and reduced activity. Our veterinarians can run tests to detect heartworm infestation and treat your pet if he is suffering from heartworms.

3.   Fleas

Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of once they make a home on your pet. These unwelcome freeloaders can also make your dog’s life miserable. We can treat your pet for fleas with our grooming services so the last thing she has to deal with is the itchy nuisance of a flea infestation. 

4.   Spiders

Spider bites are less common than fleas and ticks, but they can be extremely dangerous. If your curious hound has been bitten by a spider, she can end up with a large sore or even a serious infection. Bring her in right away if you suspect a spider bite.

Contact Our Edina Pet Emergency Care Team

When your family dog gets out into the world and starts to explore, a world of adventure is waiting for him. But it’s important to keep up with regular veterinary care, especially if you suspect your pooch has been injured by a summer bug or picked up a parasite.


If your pet has been injured, contact our pet emergency care services at Normandale Vet Hospital right away at 952-831-8272. Or you can connect with us on our contact page to find out about preventative care today.