Summer Hazards for Dogs
Some dog owners love to take their dogs out running. Most dogs enjoy going out for a run with their owners, and really benefit from the extra exercise. However, there are a few things you need to consider, especially in the summer. Some people just don’t realise the strain they are putting their dogs under. If you are thinking of taking your dog out running with you then bear the following things in mind as there are many Summer hazards for dogs, especially when out running!:
If you take your dog out running in the height of the summer they could be at risk of heat stroke. If it’s too hot don’t take your dog with you and take them on a separate walk in the shade instead. While out on a run with your dog look out for signs of dehydration and heat stroke.
Some dogs are too old to be able to manage long runs and high impact exercise. Lots of running on pavements can wear down their joints, and they may not have the mobility to be able to run long distances. Don’t take your dog out running if they are too old and frail. If you go out running with any dog make sure you try and run on softer surfaces such as grass and woodland rather than concrete.
Time of day
Avoid taking your dog out running at the hottest times in the day as this could be too much for them. The best times to go out running with your dog are early in the morning and late in the evening.
When temperatures rise, pavements also increase in temperature and can potentially burn your dog’s paws. Watch where you are running and check the surface isn’t too hot for your dog’s feet. Avoid running on tarmac and pavements on the hottest days.
Keep an eye out for grass seeds while you are out on your run as they are very common in the summer. Check your dog doesn’t have any stuck in their fur when you get back.
Take care not to work your dog too hard. If they are dragging behind on the lead then they are obviously getting tired, give them a break or stop altogether. Try and run at their pace, rather than forcing them to go faster. The last thing you want is to overdo it and your dog to suffer from exhaustion when they get home.
Some breeds are more susceptible to heatstroke and will struggle more in the heat. For example, bulldogs, Pugs and French Bulldogs. Some breeds will find breathing tough and shouldn’t be taken out running full stop.
Access to water
Your dog may need access to water at different stages of your run. Bring some with you or run past places where you know they can have a quick drink to stay hydrated.