Too Hot To Trot!

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“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Happy Independence Day!

July is National Train Your Dog Month and National Walk Your Dog Month.

Now that summer and hotter weather has arrived we need to know how to protect our pets in the heat. Here are a few things to watch for in the hot summer months.

Try to avoid walking your dog on black pavement in the hot summer months. The hot pavement can cause blistering and bleeding on the pads of your dogs feet. If possible, stick to grassy areas when walking your dog to prevent this horrific and painful thing from happening to your furry friend.

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Heatstroke

Signs: Excessive panting or salivating (drooling), weakness, collapse, vomiting, red tongue and gums, bloody diarrhea, bruising of the skin, rectal temperature over 105 degrees F.

Action: These symptoms should prompt immediate evaluation by a veterinarian. Remove animal from source of heat and offer cool water to drink. Cool GRADUALLY with fans, allow pet to rest in cool (not ice cold) bath. Stop cooling when your pets temperature reaches 103.5 degrees F. Use extreme care when playing with or exercising your pet during hot or humid weather. Use special precautions with pets that are not acclimated to exercise or the heat. Certain dog breeds (Pugs or Bulldogs) and those pets with underlying respiratory problems are at greater risk for heatstroke. Never leave a pet unattended in a car, even for short periods of time.

Sunburn

Action: To prevent the bridge of the nose and ears from burning, provide adequate shade and apply waterproof 35 SPF sunscreen to any exposed skin areas.

Some information courtesy of: Lakeshore Pet Emergency Resource Guide

http://www.ruffacademywi.com

Use the link above for various training and class information. RUFF Academy is a full service dog training and dog behavior assessment/correction facility. Don’t feel safe or have had a bad experience at a dog park? RUFF Academy offers safe, secure, and supervised play sessions for you and your dog to enjoy. Subscribe to A Dog’s Life Social Club to get a schedule of events.

Fun Fact: A dog cools off through the pads of their feet!

Training Tip: Provided by Amanda Mondloch, a RUFF Academy dog trainer. To help your dog learn the “sit” command, lure him with a treat right above his nose, and slowly go over his head with the treat until his bum reaches the ground. Give him a treat and say what a good dog he is 🙂 

New segment: Fun & Games! Check next Tuesday’s Blog for the answers to this weeks word scramble puzzle.

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  5. ONGRP
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  7. TPWLYAESVAI
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