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Protect Your Pups As Trails Reopen

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All over the country, trails and hiking trails are reopening for the summer months, and that means getting out into the great outdoors with your dogs! It can also mean some extra things that your furry best friend might get into when they step out into the world from their dog’s door. Of course, we recommend adhering to all mandatory social distancing measures (be sure to check your local authorities for any revised parameters), but we also want to share some safety tips for our four-legged family members from some well-respected experts:

1) DROOL IS ADORABLE BUT IT’S A BAD SIGN
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! “Dogs can’t sweat. They wheeze to cool off, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It becomes sluggish, bloodshot in its eyes, and may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin it will take longer than usual to do so the skin falls back into place. “- Cesar Millan

2) CHECKUP FOR SUMMER SCHNIFLE
Summer brings with it certain types of diseases that require the care of a veterinarian. “Visit the vet for a spring or early summer check-up. Make sure your pets are tested for heartworm if they are not on year-round preventive medications.” – ASPCA

3) Beware of the Burr

Sharp burrs, even small ones, can cause serious wounds if left unattended. “Burrs not only get stuck in your pet’s fur, they can pierce your skin. They can be the most damaging to a dog’s eyes, ears, or nose, or between the toes. Signs of harmful burrs can be puffy or swollen half-closed eyes, sneezing for no apparent reason, excessive paw licking or unusual head shaking “- MyAnimals

4) PROTECTION FOR PAW PAD

When walking or hiking on paved trails or asphalt, be aware that the heat from these surfaces can burn your pets’ paws. Dog shoes and socks are very effective and stylish!

If your dog has burned paws, “show signs of discomfort by holding up a foot, limping, or vocalizing while walking. The burns are visible to the naked eye, and in severe cases a black paw pad can turn red if burned. “- Dr. Bruce Bogoslavsky of the Orlando Animal Veterinary Hospital

5) PAY PUGS, FRENCH BULLDOGS AND PERSIAN CATS EXTRA

“Animals with flat faces are more prone to heat stroke because they cannot wheeze as effectively. These pets should be kept as cool as possible in air-conditioned rooms with the elderly, the overweight, and animals with heart or lung disease.” – ABC7

Be safe out there and enjoy your summer!

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