Why Run With Your Dog?

Personal training for dogs. You’re kidding, right? Actually, no, we’re not. Research suggests up to 40% of our dogs are overweight, and they suffer from the same health complications that overweight people do. Veterinarians (including myself) are becoming more and more concerned about the increase in joint pain, heart disease and other obesity related illnesses in dogs. Hence, Pooch to 5k. Dogs can’t lift weights, or use the gym. If you’re going to increase their fat burning, you need to increase the intensity of their exercise. This means that a daily stroll just won’t cut it any more, it’s too laid back. The Pooch to 5k program will help you get your dog from doing nothing much to comfortably running 5km, over a period of 12 weeks.

Because you’ll be running with your dog, you’ll also get a great workout three times a week, as you train yourself to run 5km. Why not subscribe to our dog health and fitness newsletter and grab your dog, and you’re ready to go!


Heat Stress


I recently read a message from a friend who is a veterinary nurse. They had a dog admitted to hospital with heat stroke. The owner was taking it for a walk in the middle of the day. Now, you could argue that a walk shouldn’t be a big deal, but this is Queensland. The middle of the day is very hot, and often humid. Dogs can’t sweat to dissipate heat, they rely on panting and evaporation of water from their tongue. It makes sense that when it’s humid, evaporation doesn’t happen as much.

It doesn’t take much for dogs to overheat. I recently took Guinness to the foreshore for a run one morning. It was nice and cool, and the sky was overcast. By the time we’d driven to the beach, the clouds had disappeared, and the sun was beating down. This was at 7am. He didn’t want to run, just dragged me from shady spot to shady spot. We sat on the beach and enjoyed the view for a while, then just came home.

Symptoms of heatstroke are any and all of a staggery gait, a long tongue dripping saliva, red gums, a glazed look to the eyes and even vomiting. The best thing you can do for your dog is wet them all over with tepid (NOT cold) water, and head straight over to your veterinarian’s office.

The last I heard, the heat stroke dog was rushed to the specialist veterinary hospital with a pretty poor prognosis. It’s not worth the risk. If you’re in any doubt about the effect of the temperature on your dog, err on the side of caution and just stay home. Heatstroke can kill.

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In the hot months where I live, Ottawa Canada, it can reach 32C easy.
Those days, I take my dogs for their walk around 6pm, but I choose a shady route that runs along the river with plenty of spots for them to take a dip. My female, will plop right in and roll to soak herself, the male, not so much, so I coax him in, and just splash the water all down his head and back.

Works like a charm.

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