When the Sun starts to hit hard
Summer Rules for Pet Exercise
By Walter Tarello (DVM, MA Cardiology, MRCVS)
Pet Connection Veterinary Hospital, Al Barsha 1,
Summer Land Building, Dubai (UAE) +971 4 447 53 07
In July and August you can still go jogging at the beach, in the early morning hours, let’s say 6 to 8 am. Let your dog walk and run on packed wet sand. It helps joint and muscle strength and decreases the risk of injury compared to dry sand, for both you and your puppy!
Cycling is beneficial to those with knee problems. Do not tie your dog to your bike, because he will get tired before you do, even if the leash doesn’t get snagged in the spokes.
Don’t become a Friday warrior. Exercising heavily once a week only can cause sore muscles and joint injuries in both you and your pet!
Do not use a retractable leash while walking in the road. Sometimes, if you don’t retract quickly enough your dog can become hitch on passing by strollers and bikes or hit by cars.
Watch carefully for warning signs of fatigue or exhaustion, such as extreme panting, pupils dilated and ears retracted backward from the dog’s face.
Dog’s Workout in Summer
My wife often wonders why I chose Borzoi dogs instead of Collie or Chihuahua. They need a lot of workout and you are getting old, she opine. People often assume that all big dogs are highly energetic, but that’s not necessarily true. Greyhounds and Salukis are used to running sprints, but they are not marathon runners. Optimally they need joint-friendly walks of no more than 30 minutes better than hikes and long running sessions. The same would be appropriate for Bernese Mountain dogs and Great Danes which are prone to hip dysplasia, due to their big size and weight.
Throughout the centuries many breeds came and went out of fashion, but those more on request today, such as pugs, Shih-Tzu and bulldogs are also those more at risk of overheating: beware, don’t take these dogs out in the extreme heat! Ideally they need 20-30 minutes obstacle courses or walks per day. To this purpose, create a fun, challenging hallway course with rolled-up towels and cardboard boxes.
Legends want that boxers and mastiffs are extremely active dogs. They are, but please remember that these short-snout breeds are less efficient at cooling off. Their mouths don’t open as far as in other breeds, so it takes longer for air to pass over the tongue and into the larynx. Do not take these breeds out in the extreme heat and exercise them for only 20 minutes a day with brisk walks.
As long as they are healthy, Rhodesian ridgeback and Pointers, with their standard snouts and short hairs, can do nearly anything, from running to agility training in the hottest months of the year. After the age of 1 year they can run 3 miles in 30 minutes.
Water dogs that prefer swimming 30 minutes a day instead of walking, such as Poodles, Golden retrievers and Labradors, need a clear water pool where there is an easy way in and out, through ramps, steps or gentle slopes. These dogs were born to swim but some will swim until they’re exhausted, so you have to know when to call them to quit and never leave your dog in water unattended.
Short legged with standard snout dogs, Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers tend to be high-energy, but while they might be able to run by your side, their stride is much shorter than yours. This means that they spend more energy and they get more quickly tired. They would benefit from slow jogging for no more than 20 minutes per day, gradually increased according to time and distance. These dogs were bred to track pest animals and vermin. So grab a treat and hide it to keep your dog’s brain active and legs moving!
Basset hounds and dachshunds should be limited in their exercise and agility because are prone to spine disks injuries and weight gain increases such risks. No leaping!
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Summer Land building
Between Mall of the Emirates and Lulu Hypermarket
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