7 Summer Dog Walking Tips You Should Keep in Mind
By Victoria Schade
Because our dogs are stuck wearing fur coats, summer heat requires a shift in typical leash walking routines in order to keep them healthy. Exposing your dog to high temperatures, prolonged direct sun, and intense exercise can lead to heat stroke, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition. Older dogs, dogs with shorter snouts, and dogs battling illness are particularly susceptible, but any dog can fall prey to heat stroke. According to Dr. Christina Moore of Thrive Affordable Vet Care in Round Rock, Texas, early signs of heat stroke include rapid panting, excessive drooling (which is a secondary cooling technique when panting isn’t enough), walking slower, trying to lie down, or seeking out shade. As heat stroke progresses dogs can develop bright red, pale, or blue gums, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, abnormal bleeding and bruising, and seizures.
The following tips can help to keep your dog safe and comfortable during summer leash walks.