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Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that it’s Walk Your Dog Week? October offers some absolutely perfect dog-walking weather! While we may not get to enjoy the beautiful foliage our northern friends have, it’s nice to have some cooler weather after a sweltering summer. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet offers some tips on walking Fido.

Training

Make sure that your canine buddy knows—and obeys—basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel. Proper training will make it much easier for you to control Fido and keep him from lunging after squirrels. This will in turn make walking your four-legged pal both safer and more pleasant for you.

Water

If you’re going to be gone for more than a few minutes, always take water along for your furry pal. You may want to get a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser.

Paws

Your pooch can burn his paws on hot tar or asphalt. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to go barefoot, it’s too hot for Fido. Use paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s paws, and keep him on soft ground as much as possible.

Safety

Keep a close eye on the terrain when walking your canine friend. Steer Fido around potential hazards, like broken glass and sharp rocks or shells. Also, pay attention to the plants your pup is sniffing at. Many plants are toxic to dogs! You’ll also need to be on the lookout for foxtail grass. The grass isn’t toxic, but it has sharp seed awls that can burrow beneath pets’ skin, causing severe internal damage.

Hacks

Clip a carabiner onto the end of Fido’s leash. That way, if you want to stop and chat with someone or take a phone call, you can tie him to a tree or fence. Just don’t leave your furry friend unattended! You may also want to stash some waste baggies around your property. If you need to grab more, you won’t have to go all the way into the house.

Night Walks

Whenever you walk Fido after dark, stick to familiar, busy routes that are well-lit, and keep walks short and sweet. Also, remember to take a phone and flashlight with you.

Please reach out to us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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