26 Jun '12, 1pm

Run with your dog? Here's how to keep your furry friend safe in the heat:

Run with your dog? Here's how to keep your furry friend safe in the heat:

By Meghan G. Loftus We know plenty of you enjoy running with your dogs , and this release from Oklahoma State University provides a good refresher course on how to keep your furry friends safe in the heat. Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian, suggests running with your dog during the coolest part of the day, and leaving him or her at home if it is humid. Excessive panting, staggering, and vomiting are some signs of heat stress in dogs, and if you notice this happening to your pet, use a sponge to apply cool water to his or her neck and groin to lower internal temperatures. Meanwhile, call the vet—your pet may need more treatment to recover fully. Additionally, MacAllister notes that short haircuts may actually put dogs at greater risk for heat-related problems. Fur helps protect skin from sunburn, she says, and some breeds...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/06/25/keep-furry-runnin...

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