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Cool Your Dog Down

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If you sense that your dog is overheating, get your dog into an air-conditioned or cool building as soon as possible. Offer your dog a bowl of ice water to drink or cold treats like frozen peanut butter or dog popsicles, but don’t force...

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Know the Signs of Overheating

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It is important to know the signs of heatstroke in dogs so that you can make sure your pet is enjoying their outdoor time. Many dogs will stop walking, seek shady spots to rest, or walk closer to their owners if they’re overexerted. “Look...

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Be Extra Cautious With Dog Breeds That Are Sensitive to Heat

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If you have a brachycephalic dog (dogs with shortened nose/faces like Pugs, Boston Terriers and bulldogs), you’ll want to take extra precautions when it comes to working out in the heat. These dogs can’t pant and cool themselves...

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Give Indoor Exercise a Shot

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If it’s just too hot or your dog doesn’t want to exercise outdoors in the heat, you can always try some air-conditioned, indoor dog activities to help get your dog exercising. Dr. Stephens suggests using a hallway to play fetch. “Indoor...

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Be Mindful of Hot Outdoor Surfaces

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During the summertime, outdoor surfaces can get extremely hot. Asphalt can heat up fast and can even burn your pet’s paw pads. Sand also gets very hot. It is important to test if the surface you’re walking on is too hot for...

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Bring Water With You

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You should always have a water bottle and a collapsible dog travel bowl(such as the Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl) with you during outdoor dog exercising activities so your dog has access to cool, fresh water. Dr. Stephens suggests pausing...

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Take Breaks During Outdoor Dog Activities

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Another way to keep your dog cooler is to take breaks between dog exercising sessions. Be sure to find a shady area for your dog to rest and recuperate. You also can try exercising in short spurts—like 10 minutes three times per day—versus...

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Try Exercising Early in the Morning or Late in the Evening

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Beat the heat by limiting your dog exercising activities to the early morning or late evening hours. This is when it’s most likely to be cooler outside, says Dr. Brenda Stephens, DVM, clinical associate professor at the College of Veterinary...

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8 Dog Exercising Tips for Warm Weather

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By Teresa K Traverse Summer is here, along with its scorching temps. You’ll probably want to bring your dog outdoors for some fresh air, sunlight and exercise, but warmer temperatures can create certain hazards for your pet, including...

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8 Dog Exercising Tips for Warm Weather

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With these dog exercising tips, your pup can stay active without overheating when it’s hot outside.

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BLM Creates 'Online Corral' to Help Americans Connect With Adoptable Wild Horses and Burros

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On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the launch of the Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral.” The Online Corral is a new website that aims to connect the American public with adoptable wild American...

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Confirmed Cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza in Brooklyn, NY

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Dog owners in Brooklyn should be aware that there have been several confirmed cases of H3N2 canine influenza. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) explains that “Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious...

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Should You Enroll Your Pet in a Clinical Trial?

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Clinical trials provide veterinary researchers with the data they need to develop drugs, procedures and other treatments for our companion animals. Participants may receive access to cutting-edge veterinary care at...

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Summer Animal Safety Tips for Beating the Heat

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By Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM When summer temperatures start rising, it is important to keep animal safety on your mind. Higher temperatures pose all sorts of risks to your pets, so it is important to find ways to keep them cool. Some...

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Introducing Cats: Bringing Home a Kitten to Meet Your Senior Cat

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By Monica Weymouth How do you introduce a human to a kitten? That’s easy: adopt a kitten, present the kitten, wait 10 seconds, then watch the human fall hopelessly in love. But what about introducing cats to kittens? That,...

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Have You Ever Seen Your Pet Chinchilla or Guinea Pig Popcorning?

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) When pet guinea pigs and pet chinchillas are happy, they literally jump for joy. This behavior, frequently called “popcorning” (or less often, “pogoing”—as...

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12 Puppies Rescued From Chernobyl Head to the US to Start a New Life

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On April 26, 1986, a power surge sparked an explosion in Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, leading to one of the worst nuclear accidents in world history—the Chernobyl disaster. And in the minds of many, Chernobyl conjures...

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Why Invisible Fences Don’t Work

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Invisible fences for dogs are advertised as being a relatively inexpensive way to give dogs safe access to the outdoors, but is that actually the case? Let’s look at the dangers associated with invisible...

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Safety Considerations for Kids and Pets

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Safety should be a priority for both kids and dogs while playing outdoor games. One of the biggest rules for kids and dogs is supervision: “Dogs over 25 pounds can easily overpower small children, so a parent should always be present...

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Fetch

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An old standby when it comes to games for dogs to play, fetch is simple for both kids and dogs. A stick toy, ball or disc are all good dog fetch toys. If your dog doesn’t seem interested in giving up the item they’ve fetched...

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Scent Games

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If your dog is the type that doesn’t mind working for their treats, there are several dog activities you could consider, such as scent games that put their nose to work. Simply have your child hide a treat while the dog watches, then allow...

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Hide and Seek

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“[Hide and seek] helps a dog learn to look for whoever calls them when they hear their name or a recall cue… it also helps a dog learn to come when they are otherwise engaged,” Bassett says. To start the game, have...

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Obstacle Course

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Going through an obstacle course can be a good way to expend an active dog’s extra energy, and your child will enjoy getting creative in designing the course. Use PVC pipe and hula hoops as jumping obstacles, sturdy plywood for ramps and...

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Pedestal Training

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This type of dog training is fun for both kids and pets. Using lots of treats, the dog is taught to “station” on a footstool or low table that’s only used for training, Stynchula says. “If the dog is occupied with...

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Basic Dog Training

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Whether your pup already knows “down,” “sit” and “spin” or is still learning these commands, you can turn it into a game. It will be especially fun for kids to help hand out the treats. “Training...

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