Utah Pets Still Need Exercise In Hot Weather

June 25, 2010

in Cat Health

Summertime is here again in Utah! Hot summer weather may get you out and about, exercising with your pet. The Humane Society of Utah wants to make sure you have a list of tips on how to keep your pet safe during the hot weather. Follow these tips so that you and your pet can continue to enjoy exercising regularly this summer:

- Early mornings and evening times are a good time for exercise workouts to keep you and your pet cool. You’ll avoid the summer heat of the day and still be able to get your workout in.

- When exercising your pet out in the sun, it would be nice to reward him with a cold drink of cool, clean water. Keep your water cold by carrying it in a gallon thermos. You and your pet will enjoy the water!

- If you take your dog out for a walk, avoid hot asphalt. Dog paws can get burned. Stick to grassy paths if possible.

- You may want to consult with your veterinarian when determining a healthy exercise regimen for your overweight pet. An overweight animal needs exercise, but be sure that it is a moderate amount of exercise to avoid overheating your pet in the summer weather.

- Be aware of areas that have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals as they are often used as part of summer lawn and garden care. If you suspect that your pet has is sick or may have been poisoned by chemicals, contact your veterinarian at once.

- When you are exercising your animal, you will want to keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke, such as heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, fever or rapid heart beat. If you notice that your pet is displaying these types of behaviors after a vigorous exercise session, you may want to contact your veterinarian.

Exercise is an important part of your pet’s life. Keep up the exercise habits and have fun in the sun with your pet by staying aware of your pet’s special needs with hot weather exercising.

For more information on how to keep your pet safe this summer or for information on Utah pet care, please visit the Humane Society of Utah web site.

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Linda Lewis August 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I know you probably don’t get ragdoll or maine coon cats at the shelter but I just lost a prebreed maine coon cat and do not believe in paying for animals when there are so many homeless but if you do get any ragdoll or maine coon cats would it be possible to email me. thanks

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