We believe exercise is still an important routine to continue even during the hot season, and we want to ensure every client that we are taking safety precautions very seriously. Here are some of the common concerns we face this season, and the steps that can be taken to keep your pets happy and comfortable!
This is the most common issue people will run into with their pets is overheating.
To prevent this from happening, be sure to limit intense exercise and supply plenty of water. With off-leash hiking, only chose trails that offer plenty of shade and water. Walks can be done earlier in the day when it is cooler, and be sure to take lots of breaks in the shade if needed.
Burnt Paw Pads
Pavement can get up to 15° degrees hotter than the air temperature. This can be dangerous for your dogs paw pads, and can easily burn them. Its best to always feel the pavement before walking your pups on it, shaded neighborhoods and trails are less likely to be too hot.
Most dog owners are aware of the dangers of Foxtail. They often lodge in dogs’ feet and ears, and if they go unnoticed can continue to travel deeper into their bodies. These are some of the signs your dog may have a foxtail:
- Swelling, limping or if your dog is constantly licking the area.
- Shaking their head, tilting it to the side, or scratching incessantly at ear
- Redness, discharge, swelling, squinting, and pawing at their eye.
- If you see discharge from the nose, or if your dog is sneezing frequently and intensely, a foxtail could be lodged in a nasal passage.
- Foxtails can find their way into your dog’s genital areas.
- Foxtails can also lodge under a dog’s skin, which causes visible swelling and/or pus discharge.