Did you know that there is a special day devoted just to walking the dog? February 22nd is Walk The Dog Day! While for many of us, every day is Walk The Dog Day, this is a great time to talk about some of the do’s and don’ts of taking Fido for a stroll. In this article, a North Phoenix, AZ veterinarian discusses walking the dog.
As you have probably noticed, Arizona summers can be sweltering hot! When it’s really hot outside, try to walk your pet in the morning and evening, when it’s cooler. Also, be careful not to overexert Fido: dogs can easily overheat in hot weather! Bring plenty of water along, and keep your walks short and sweet.
Paws For Thought
Our furry friends can get painful paw burns by walking or running on hot tar or asphalt. Keep your canine pal on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm or wax to protect his paws.
Benefits of Walking
Those daily walks are of course necessary for sanitary reasons, but they are also very good for Fido. Walks are a great way for your pooch to get his exercise in. They also help him burn off any excess energy, so he’ll be calmer and better behaved afterwards. Man’s Best Friend also gets beneficial mental stimulation from his walks. This can help prevent doggy boredom, and keep that cute tail wagging.
Always put Fido’s safety first. If you are walking along the side of a road, keep your dog to the outside. He is shorter, and will therefore be harder for drivers to see. It’s also very important to make sure your furry pal is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products.
Ask your vet for tips on choosing Fido’s gear. Retractable leashes can be great, but they can be dangerous in certain situations: you don’t want your pup running into the line of traffic, or sniffing around an area that could be harboring snakes or other wild animals.
If you are walking your pup after dark, use a reflective leash, and wear light clothing, so drivers can see you more easily. Many predators are nocturnal, so choose a well-lit, familiar path.
Please contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health. That’s what we are here for!