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Posted on 05-31-2013
Do you want your pet to stay active this summer without succumbing to heatstroke? Here are some safe tips for summer fun with your pet, courtesy of Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic:
Go where the water is. If you are planning a family trip to a nearby watering hole, why not bring your dog with you? Dogs generally enjoy splashing around in shallow water, and a refreshing dip will help him stay cool while still enjoying the great outdoors. You can even set up a kiddie pool or at home or let your pup run through the sprinkler. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to provide plenty of clean drinking water as well, because he can still get dehydrated on a hot day.
Visit the park. If your local park has an abundance of shade trees, it could prove a comfortable and enjoyable way to give your pet some much-needed exercise. Bring a flying disc or a favorite ball and watch him have fun! Again, make sure drinkable water is close at hand, and watch closely for signs of fatigue. One caveat: Do not expose a brachycephalic (flat-nosed) pet to extreme temperatures for more than a few minutes at a time. In fact, evenings and early mornings are probably the smartest times to give any pet an extended romp outdoors during the summer.
Go for walks. Nothing beats a walk for a simple dose of daily exercise, and if you choose your time of day wisely, almost any pet can safely enjoy a summertime stroll. Limit the walk to a set duration or distance to make sure you get back before things heat up.
We hope these ideas will help your pet enjoy plenty of activity regardless of temperature. If he does display the effects of heatstroke despite all precautions, bring him to our clinic immediately. We wish your companion a safe and healthy summer!
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