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Exercising Your Dog in Extreme Heat

Thursday, July 18, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADogs need exercise but the extreme heat that we’re having in the northeast could be dangerous for them.  Here are some things that you should remember.

  • Take your dog out for light exercise in the early morning  or late at night. These are the cooler parts of the day. Cut back on the exercise intensity this time of year.
  • Use doggie boots. You could find these at the local pet store. They will protect your dogs feet on the hot pavement.
  • Watch for signs of dehydration. An overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.
    Keep your dog hydrated. Carry a bottle of water when taking him for a walk.
  • Stay in the shade if possible. Cool him off in a kiddie pool if you have one. You can also lay a wet towel down down for your dog lie on.
  • If you have a gym in your basement, you could always put him on the treadmill for a little run.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a parked car in this excessive heat – not even for one minute!

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