The warm summer sun may mean more time spent outside, but it also brings with it some hazards to your pet that you need to be aware of. For instance, insects, arachnids and all sorts of bugs also come out to play in the warm weather, and not all of them are as friendly as your goldendoodle.

Dogs often view insects as playthings and sometimes as snacks. Your goldendoodle may be scared of buzzing insects and run away, but he could also try to chase them away or even worse, swallow them up. The latter two options could easily lead to bites or stings, so it’s best to avoid these results by training your dog to stay away from insects.

Teach your canine not to engage with insects by correcting him using a click or tug of the leash. Unfortunately, insect activity and nests can sometimes be found close to the ground, increasing the chances of your dog getting into contact with them. Here are some of the common insects and bugs to watch out for this summer:

1. Bees and Wasps

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In most cases, these stings result in mild swelling, reddening and itching… but can cause life-threatening allergic reactions, especially in the case of multiple stings. Via Dogs Best Life

2. Caterpillars

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Caterpillars are colorful and move slowly, which can draw a lot of interest from your goldendoodle.

But, certain species can fight back… Buck moth and hag moth caterpillars as well as puss and stinging rose caterpillars have spines or hairs that can break the skin and inject poison.

Best case: mild itching. Worst case: more severe pain, dermatitis and intestinal issues.

3. Widow Spiders

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Widow spiders like dark undisturbed places and are typically not aggressive, but they will bite if they feel threatened.

A single bite can cause life-threatening signs, but fortunately “dry bites,” in which no venom is released, are possible. Any suspected widow bite should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Treatment generally involves pain medications and muscle relaxants. Most animals recover in 48 to 72 hours and fatalities are uncommon.

4. Mosquitoes

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Just like humans, your dog will find mosquito bites very itchy, and the bitten area could swell and develop an infection if not properly treated.

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5. Fire Ants

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Fire ants are highly aggressive and will bite anything they feel is a threat to them or their mound. The bites are extremely painful and in some cases, the reddened bumps they cause can turn into white pustules 24 hours later that are susceptible to infection.

If fire ants have attacked your pet, remove him from the area the insects are located. Carefully brush the fire ants you see off of your pet’s body; slapping them can aggravate them more… Use a cool compress to help reduce pain and swelling and talk to your veterinarian to see if an antihistamine might help your pet. Do not allow your pet to scratch the bites. See your veterinarian immediately if your pet is having difficulty breathing or if the bites seem painful.

6. Walking Stick Insects

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Although mostly harmless, some species of walking stick insects spray venom when they are threatened.

They can aim the spray into your pet’s eyes and mouth to stop the animal from hurting them. The venom can burn your pet’s eyes and even cause temporary blindness. You’ll need to take a trip to the vet if your pet is squinting or rubbing his eyes or if they look irritated. Your vet may tell you to rinse your pet’s eyes with saline solution or tap water before your appointment.

7. Hobo and Brown Recluse Spiders

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The bite of a brown recluse or hobo spider can cause cellular damage over a large area. Although the brown recluse is nocturnal and therefore not aggressive, the hobo spider, which is large, is quite aggressive. The venom from these spiders destroys cell membranes and can cause bleeding.

The bites are only slightly painful initially, but over an eight-hour period they will become red, swollen and tender. Tissue around the bite begins to die and a wound as large as 10 inches in diameter can occur. Animals are treated with pain medications and antibiotics, but healing is slow and may take months.

8. Tarantula

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Some tarantula species produce venom that can cause problems for your goldendoodle, while ingestion of their stiff hair covering their legs can cause oral irritation, drooling, vomiting and pain.

Tarantulas can throw these hairs in defense when they feel threatened, so you should never let your pet put his face that close to one — and you shouldn’t either. However, no serious problem should occur from a tarantula bite. Still, if you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tarantula, be sure to talk to your veterinarian.

You may not always be able to protect your goldendoodle from all the bugs flying around this summer. This is why it is even more important to be very observant and know just how to deal with any issues should they arise.