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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Four Paws"

Do's & Don'ts

Here are a few helpful hints for this summer with your furry friends.

Do: Watch for warning signs of fatigue. Be alert to extreme panting, and check if your dog's ears are back from his or her face. Also, check their pupils for dilation.

Do: Let your dog walk and run on packed wet sand. It's easier on the joints and may cause fewer injuries than dry sand.

Don't: Don't be a weekend warrior. Exercising heavily on a Saturday after a whole week off can aggravate arthritis and cause joint injuries and sore muscles.

Don't" Don't use a retractable leash. If it doesn't retract quickly enough, your dog can accidentally become entangled with bikes, strollers, and other dogs.

Don't: Don't tie your pet to your bike. Even if the leash doesn't get snagged in the spokes, your pup will tire before you do.

P.S. And don't forget, with the summer heat, lots and lots of fresh water.


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