In the Vet Health section, Dr. Jeff Werber offers some tips for keeping your dog cool and comfortable as the weather warms up and outdoor activities beckon.
Spring is here, and if your weather was like mine in Southern California, you might have felt a warmer climate change.
Warmer weather means it’s time to go out and start exercising a little more with your dog to help shed some of the extra weight in winter.
In fact, the extra outdoor time will be good for both of you! It sounds great – but not too fast!
The less active your pet is during winter, the more prepared you need to plan before exercising. Just like with any athlete who starts preparing for the new season after a few months off, you or your dog (s) cannot expect to start from where you left off.
To avoid problems like muscle fatigue or strain, injured or exhausted pads, you need to Help your pet get back to their normal routine.
At first slow start, and Gradually increase exercise time, as well as the difficulty level.
In general, when it gets warmer, you need to take some precautions.
First, make sure Exercise for your pet early in the morning or The evening after that—Never exercise on a hot day.
Always carry some Country with you and guaranteed take a lot of breaks.
It’s not a bad idea to wrap your dog’s neck with a wet towel to keep him cool.
Remember that many asphalt surfaces tend to heat up and retain heat – so try to avoid running too much on hot asphalt pavement. Booties can be a good idea to help protect your dog’s pads.
If you find your dog panting excessively or slowed down or significantly weakened, STOP right away, seek shade, give some water and pour some water on his or her body and feet.
If this doesn’t seem to help, get to the nearest veterinary hospital as soon as possible. Heat stroke can be fatal !!
And, one more piece of advice —- NEVER leave your dog or cat in a parked car – even in the shade and even with a window open. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can rise to over 110 ° F in 14 minutes!
Get out there and have fun bonding with your dogs – they’ll love it as much as you want. Enjoy spring and summer!
-Jeff Werber, DVM
ProSense Pet Products Chief Veterinarian
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