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Safety Tips For Walking Your Dog

Did you know that February 22nd is Walk Your Dog Day? Of course, our canine pals really should be walked every day. However, this is a good chance to offer some tips on keeping you and your pup safe on those daily strolls. A local Glendale, AZ vet discusses walking Fido below.

Watch The Ground

Man’s Best Friend is very curious, and he likes to sniff, well, pretty much everything. That inquisitive streak can get your pet into some serious trouble! Don’t let Fido poke around areas that could be housing snakes, scorpions, or spiders. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the plants your pooch is curious about. Foxtail grasses, cactus, and many other local plants are very dangerous to pets! The prickly pear and cholla cactus are both notorious for causing eye injuries in dogs.

Be Careful Of The Heat

When it’s really hot out, keep walks short and sweet. Save longer walks for morning and evening, when it’s a bit cooler. It’s also a good idea to bring some water with you. Consider getting Fido a portable doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. On hot days, you can also spray your furry friend with water before heading out. Or, get him a doggy cooling jacket.

Roadside

When walking along the side of the road, keep Fido to the outside. He’s shorter, and will be harder for drivers to see. Also, don’t let your furry friend get ahead of you when you’re crossing sidewalks or intersections. If you like wearing earbuds while you’re out with your pup, remember not to turn the volume up too high. You want to be able to hear things like squealing brakes, growling dogs, or snake rattles.

Paws For Thought

We really can’t overstate how easily dogs can get paw burns in hot weather. By May, the ground temperatures are high enough to cause 3rd degree burns! If you are bringing Fido onto any sort of hard surface, such as tar or asphalt, put some doggy shoes on him. In summer, pets shouldn’t go bare-pawed until at least 9:30 pm or so. Not sure if it’s safe? Try holding your hand against the pavement for ten seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your canine buddy!

Is your dog due for an exam? Contact us, your Glendale, AZ vet clinic, today!

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