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Aggressive Behavior in Rottweilers in Albany NY

Aggressive Behavior in Rottweilers

There are lots of causes of aggressive behavior in Rottweiler. As dog trainers in Delmar, New York, Albany and surrounding areas we are constantly seeing various behavioral issues. Whether it is a dominance issue between your Rottweiler and you or a horrifying experience such as your Rottweiler puppy being attacked by another dog, these can all be triggers for aggressive behavior. Whatever is causing your Rottweiler aggression, however, you need to address it as soon as possible. Aggressive behavior in Rottweiler that is not taken care of immediately can be both dangerous and scary for you and your pet.

The origin of Aggressive Behavior in Rottweiler

Aggressive behavior in Rottweilers can begin as young as 6 weeks of age, a vital age when a puppy should be socialized with other dogs and given the required training that keeps them from biting other people. The essential socialization period for your Rottweiler is up to fourteen weeks of age and should be continued past that point.

This means various things. Firstly a puppy should never be removed from its litter before 8 weeks of age. Never use abrasive discipline with the puppy between 8 and 10 weeks and make sure your Rottweiler is extremely delicately treated in that time. If you yell at, hit or scold your puppy as a punishment this can breed aggressive behaviour in Rottweilers over time.

A Rottweiler needs to have been correctly socialized with people and other dogs by the time he reaches fourteen weeks to avoid any upcoming aggression issues.

Aggressive behaviour in Rottweilers can be set off by any number of reasons. Heredity and genetics are unquestionably factors – some breeds can be more aggressive than others – but it is by no means a hard and fast rule.

 Rottweilers that are not neutered or spayed can be more prone to aggressive behaviour. However, the most important factor in developing aggressive behaviour in Rottweilers is their environment.

 A Rottweiler that has miserable living circumstances, no socialization, harsh masters, or that has been frightened or attacked by another dog is far more possible to be aggressive as it ages.

Aggression can develop from the need to demonstrate a pack pecking order. Biting, posturing, and other aggressive tendencies are often the consequence of a Rottweiler testing for dominance. You’ll need to establish dominance at a tender or young age and keep up that position throughout the Rottweilers adolescence to ensure it doesn’t get an opportunity to take control of the household.

Stopping and Controlling Aggressive Behavior in Rottweilers

If aggressive behavior in Rottweilers occurs after 14 months of age, when it has reached sexual maturity, especially after it has been changed, you should address the problem at once.

 First, ensure that you have established yourself as the pack leader. Do not reward your Rottweiler for aggressive behaviour, even if it is scared (especially in this case).

Train your Rottweiler to respond to your commands, control feeding and walking times, and make sure your Rottweiler has a strong leader in the house.

If you defer your Rottweiler or permit it to take liberties in your home, it will present stronger aggression toward others. If your Rottweiler is defensive-aggressive, they may smack out at a person in fear. These dogs may not have been adequately socialized. Keep them away from little children (which they may see as direct threats) and attend a training session or behaviourist who can carefully acclimate your Rottweiler to a social atmosphere.

Aggressive behaviour in dogs is a horrible problem that many of owners have, but it can be controlled, while your Rottweiler gets older. If their aggression ever advances to violence, think about hiring a professional to intervene before someone gets hurt and your Rottweiler is held accountable.

And if your dog has some serious behavioral challenges that you’re at a loss on how to address, be sure to contact your local dog trainer in Albany, NY. We professionals have the expertise to turn a dogs behavioral challenges, including dog aggression, food aggression, potty-training issues and much more, into triumphs. Always do you research before choosing a trainer and search for the most experienced company on Google using phrases such as dog trainer Albany, dog trainer Albany, NY, puppy training Albany, dog trainer Clifton Park, dog trainer Delmar, dog trainer Saratoga, dog trainer East Greenbush or any other search that correspond with your region and behavioral issue.

Is Your Dog A Cartoon? Capital Region

Is Your Dog A Cartoon?

My dog is a goofball. She reminds me of a cross between Scooby-Doo, the reluctant detective, and a silly version of the heroic real-life Movie Icon Rin Tin Tin of the 1950s. “Holly” is a golden retriever, who on a number of occasions, has put herself in harm’s way to save me from a perceived threat. Then again, she’s rolled around on the floor with me, played dead and cowered behind me when something unknown has caught her unawares.

The intricacies of her personality got me to thinking about cartoon characters and who she most resembles. After all, there are so many from which to choose: The Aviator Beagle Snoopy of Charlie Brown fame, Disney’s Goofy and Pluto, Underdog, Brian Griffin from Family Guy and many more.

For a comprehensive list check out this link of “The Greatest Dogs in Cartoons and Comics” from Ranker.comhttp://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/cartoons-and-comics-best-dogs.

And let’s not forget all of the real-life stars of the Big (and Small) Screen, including Lassie and the aforementioned Rin Tin Tin, coutesy of dogboys.com:http://www.dogboys.com/bid141082famous-dogs-of-the-big-and-small-screens/.

Once you’ve studied them all pick out the pooches who your dog most resembles and share your answers with us. We’d love to hear from you!!

On another topic, if your dog’s obedience shortcomings or behavioral issues are making you wishing for a cartoon version of your pup be sure to contact your local Capital District, Albany and Saratoga Off leash K9 Training professionals. We have the expertise to turn Fido’s behavioral challenges into triumphs. We can address everything from basic obedience to potty-training to dog aggression, food aggression and much more.

Call us today!

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Is Vomiting Cause for Concern in the Capital Region?

Is Vomiting Cause for Concern

Sometimes it seems like my dog “Talia” will eat anything she comes in contact with. I’ve literally had to pull everything from a tomato plant to a pair of snow skis from the clenches of her adult German Shepherd jaws. Given the opportunity, I honestly think she would ingest just about anything within reach.

So, when she vomits it’s always cause for concern – at least for me. But when should the average dog parent worry about their pup’s vomiting?

Well, pet health experts concur that vomiting isn’t always indicative of stomach upset. In fact, a number of diseases include vomiting as a symptom. 

You can find lots of great, in depth information on this topic from PetHealthNetwork.comat this link: www.pethealth.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/why-my-dog-vomiting.

When a dog vomits due to food poisoning, as with humans, things often return to normal within 24 hours.And vomiting a few times a year isn’t all that uncommon for most pooches, however when vomiting becomes more frequent a trip to the veterinarian is most certainly in order.

Dogs with a propensity to eat things they shouldn’t, such as clothing, pine cones, etc., like my Talia, can harm themselves if/when these foreign objects become lodged in their gastrointestinal tract. When this happens, they will vomit over and over again until the object is removed, usually by a veterinarian.

Allergies are sometimes the cause of canine vomiting. Many dog foods include lots of additives that some pets are allergic to. And like their human counterparts, dogs can develop inflammation in the lining of the bowel (Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)) of which vomiting and diarrhea are symptoms. Allergies may play a role in the onset of IBD, experts say.

Poisons are everywhere, including in the medicine cabinet. I keep the telephone number to a Pet Poison Hotline on my refrigerator in the unlikely event Talia gets her mouth on anything from Tylenol to artificial sweetener. Mushrooms, raisins and antifreeze are just a few more poisons to make sure your dog avoids.

Contact your pet’s vet for more information on how to pet-proof in and around your home and to address questions you may have regarding this topic.

If you think your pooch could use a starter or refresher course on canine obedience be sure to contact your local Capital District, Albany and Saratoga, NY Off Leash K-9 Training professional. They have the expertise to address and resolve most any undesired behavior your dog displays, including food aggression, dog aggression, potty-training and much more!

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Dogs’ Mouths and What May Be Lurking There, Albany NY

Dogs’ Mouths and What May Be Lurking There

These days it seems like our four-legged friends are just a likely to suffer from scary maladies as we are. We dog owners here in Upstate New York, the Capital District, Albany and Saratoga are inundated about the do’s and don’ts of pet ownership from a myriad of sources. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.

I always find it reassuring to check out information online from respected sources as well as keep a regular dialogue going with my pet’s veterinarian.

The experts at Pet Health Network.com and PetMD.com recently shared some information about tumors or growths in the mouths of dogs and what to do about them.

If you suspect your pooch has a mass in his mouth, regardless of how small it may be, these docs strongly advise not waiting to have it checked out.

In the online story Epulis Tumors in the Mouths of Dogs found here at http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/epulis-tumors-mouths-dogs they offer some helpful guidelines.

I will share an abbreviated version, but urge you to read the entire article above.

At the early stages, these tumors are rather difficult to detect. They may reside in the gum close to the front teeth or under the lip. Your pet’s veterinarian may discover what he or she would call an epulis during a dental cleaning.

While these masses are often non-cancerous, it is very important to have them examined and removed.

According to PetMD.com — http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/mouth/c_multi_oral_masses— canine mouth tumors can grow quickly and eventually turn into cancer, which can be deadly for your dog.

Generally, these tumors are found in dogs of all breeds at eight years of age or older. 

Ask your pet’s veterinarian more about epulis tumors and the dangers they pose.

On another topic of interest/concern, if your pet could use some obedience training the experts at your local Off Leash K9 Training are just around the corner and ready to help. These professionals have the training to address and successfully resolve you pet’s behavioral challenges, including dog aggression, food aggression, potty-training and much more!

 

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Air Travel and Your Dog in Upstate NY

Air Travel and Your Dog

The rules for traveling by air with your pet have evolved over the years. For instance, in 1990 I traveled from Los Angeles to Albany, N.Y. with my cat “Koko” when she was less than a year old. At that time, I was required to keep her in a very small carrier stowed under my seat. Every so often I would pull the carrier out from under the seat, rest it on my lap concealed by my coat and allow her to poke her head out. I had to pay a small fee for the privilege but because she was not occupying a seat of her own it was affordable.

Another time I traveled from Portland, Oregon to Albany with my German Shepard “Holly” who I unwisely had stowed in the cargo hold in an airline-approved carrier. Because of her size riding in the cabin was not an option. Throughout the flight I frequently heard her distinctive bark and realized the cargo hold was not the right place for my poor, frightened pup. I resolved never to do it again and have since made long-distance trips with her by car.

These days, however, airlines make a distinction between service animals and non-service animals, according to Veterinarian Mike Paul of Pet Health Network.com. See his online article here at: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/news-blogs/a-vets-life/dr-mike-paul-excited-new-airline-travel-option-pets.

A number of airlines allow service dogs to fly on board with their owners at no charge. While non-service dogs are allowed to ride for a fee. Small dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals are allowed to ride in the cabin of some airlines for a fee but must be kept in an airline-approved carrier under the seat. The number of pets that are allowed per flight depends upon the space available. Larger pets will be relegated to the cargo hold, which should be climate controlled for their safety. Be sure to verify that fact with your airline.

There have been heartbreaking stories in the news about pets flying with cargo that have been misplaced or that have broken out of their carriers and gotten lost, sadly in some cases never to be seen again. For this reason it is imperative that you grill the airline you plan to use about their policy regarding the safety of pets who fly in the cargo hold. Also, be sure to have them properly identified in duplicate (engraved on the carrier, if possible) to eliminate the chance of mis-identification when the time comes to reclaim your precious cargo!

Some of the newer aircraft designs include special accommodations for pets in the First Class section but carry a price-tag to match.

For more information be sure to contact your airline before booking your flight. Your pet’s veterinarian will also have to be notified if you plan to travel with your pet because medical paperwork will be required by the airline stating that your pet is healthy and properly vaccinated.

Does your pooch have obedience issues?? Before you plan your holiday getaway consider booking a consultation with your local Upstate New York, Capital District, Albany, Saratoga Off Leash K9 Training professional. They have the expertise to address and successfully resolve your dog’s behavioral shortcomings including dog aggression, food aggression, potty-training and much more!

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Senior Dogs and Surgery in Albany NY

Senior Dogs and Surgery 

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Senior pets aren’t all that much different from human senior citizens, except that their lifespans are generally shorter than what we humans experience.  

While conducting research on the topic of senior dogs and the risks surgery and anesthesia pose I was shocked to learn what veterinarians hear all too often from pet parents of our elderly four-legged friends in need of surgery – at his/her age is surgery or the costs associated with surgery really worth it?

Seriously? Just because Fido or Fiona has reached his/her golden years doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the best possible quality of life, does it? 

Dr, Patty Khuly, a veterinarian and contributing writer for Vetstreet.com addressed the matter of age discrimination in pets in the online article from 2013 titled How Old is Too Old When Treating a Pet found at http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-old-is-too-old-when-treating-a-pet.

During her years in practice Khuly has many times seen pet owners make life-and-death decisions about their pets based solely on the age of the animal. 

“‘She’s 10 now, so it makes sense she might get a lump on her spleen, right? Sounds like it’s time to put her down.’ Or how about this one… 

‘He’s only got a couple of years left, so I don’t think I’ll be putting him through that kind of knee surgery,'” writes Khuly. 

In the online Pet Health Network article Anesthesia and Surgery: Four Senior Dog Success Stories Veterianrian and Contributing Writer Phil Zeltzman offers his views on the topic.  

“As I always say, ‘age is not a disease.’ What matters is the overall health of the patient, not the age. There are 14-year-old dogs who are healthier than 8-year-olds. When properly done, the risk of anesthesia is not significantly greater in seniors,” Zeltzman said. 

Veterinarians treat each pet as a patient – regardless of age — and try to minimize the risks of anesthesia. That’s not to say that their age isn’t factored into how surgery is approached or prepared for, he said. 

“Keep in mind, when a senior dog requires anesthesia, it’s not for the fun of it. It is for a good medical reason, such as cleaning dirty teeth, or fixing a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), or removing a tumor” Zeltzman said. “In any of these situations, the reason we recommend anesthesia and surgery is to improve the dog’s quality of life.” 

To read the full story and see the case study of four senior dogs go to http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-surgery-a-z/anesthesia-and-surgery-four-senior-dog-success-stories

Always consult your pet’s veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about his or her health. 

However, if you have questions or concerns regarding Fido’s or Fiona’s behavioral issues including such things as canine obedience, dog aggression, food aggression, potty training and more reach out to your local Boston, Lowell, Springfield or Worcester, MA Off Leash K9 Training professional. He or she has the expertise to address and resolve any canine behavior challenges you and your pup are facing.

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Controversy: Breed Signature Looks in Albany NY

The Controversy about Breed Signature Looks

Pooches in Upstate NY come in all shapes and sizes. Take a walk in one of the many lush green spaces in Albany or Saratoga, or anywhere else in New York’s Capital District, and you’ll likely run into at least one breed of dog that has been surgically modified. Should dogs get to keep the look they’re born with? A Doberman Pinscher is the perfect example of a breed that has its ears and tail surgically altered to meet specific criteria set down by humans.

Tail docking and ear cropping are, in reality, amputation. How did this all start and why?
“They are said to have started with the Romans, who believed that tails spread rabies, and been continued by ranchers, hunters and dog-fighters who thought they prevented prey or adversaries from downing dogs by the tail or scalping them by the ears,” according to a story by Karin Bulliard published Sept. 8, 2016 in the Washington Post titled Dogs are Born with Ears and Tails. They Should Get to Keep them.

In the article, Brulliard refers to research conducted by University of British Columbia graduate student Katelyn Mills — when she was a third-year undergraduate — in collaboration with her animal welfare professor, Marina von Keyserlingk, and a fellow student. Their findings were published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For the complete story go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/09/08/what-many-americans-dont-understand-about-designer-dogs/.

Among other things, Mills observed that surveys on particulars about the surgical procedures seemed to be based solely on the collective opinions of veterinarians and breeders, not ordinary folks. So she and her colleagues conducted surveys of their own, involving more than1,000 participants, to gauge public opinion on the practice.

Their findings revealed that close to half those asked to explain the difference between sibling Doberman Pinchser dogs — one with surgically modified ears and tail and one in its natural state – believed they’d been born with the characteristics displayed in the photos they were shown.
Study co-author Von Keyserlingk concluded that “many people have come to accept dogs’ typical appearances at face value, not as products of centuries of human decisions,” writes Brulliard. “Mills added that she believes that lack of awareness could be intentional.”
People simply don’t want to know the reality of the practice, Mills surmised. And likely for good reason.

“They’re not particularly pleasant procedures to know about. Tail-docking is performed by veterinarians or breeders when puppies are three to five days old, either by cutting the tail with scissors or a scalpel or putting an elastic band around it that restricts circulation and makes it fall off. Anesthetic is rarely used,” writes Brulliard.

“Veterinarians usually, but not always, do ear-cropping on seven- to 12-week-old puppies and use anesthetic. After cutting the ears into the owner’s chosen shape (Dobermans might get a ‘military crop’ or a ‘show crop’), the ears are held upright for months, at first in a styrofoam cup and then with tape, until they heal and stand on their own.”

The Boxer, the miniature Schnauzer and the Brussels Griffon are three other breeds that are routinely surgically modified. Looks are only skin deep. The perfect pooch doesn’t have to be surgically modified to remain top on the list as man’s best friend. Obedience training, routine health screenings, proper nutrition and an abundance of TLC will ensure his or her loyalty and happiness.
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Are You Stressing Your Pup Out? Albany NY

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To Hug, or Not To Hug Your Dog…

Hugging. What an interesting topic for our Dog Blog this week! Most of you reading this are dog lovers. You love your fur baby so much that you can’t help but wrap your arms around them and snuggle, cuddle and, make them anxious…? Yes, that’s right. Hugging your canine can actually make them very uncomfortable. Most times, we overlook or don’t recognize signs that our pup is anxious in a certain act or position. Understanding body language and actions is a huge part of understanding your dog. Although most dogs bark to ‘speak for themselves’, we have trouble noticing other communicative signs from them as well.

A few signs your dog might give you:

Itching & Scratching
As much as we do agree our canine companions get an ‘itch they just can’t scratch’, this is also a sign of stress. Dogs will scratch and pa at their collar out of nervousness. This is similar to the infamous nail-biting and hair twirling habits humans tend to pick up on when they are anxious.

Licking Lips
There is no food bowl or treat in sight, so your dog is certainly not getting prepared for a tasty meal. He or she is showing you that they are stressed out and maybe even begin to pant as well.

Moving Away
This is a very clear sign that your pup is not interested in whatever activity he or she thinks they are about to partake in. This can happen when approaching people, dogs, other animals, moving objects.
If your dog seems to bow away every time you encounter moving objects, you should consult a trainer and behaviorist to help them conquer these issues.

Raising Paw
Often times, people think this is a cute and affection gesture. However; most often, the dog is trying to tell you to stop or refrain from doing something again.

Shaking it Off
Your dog is literally, ‘shaking it off’ Taylor Swift style. Whatever it was, it wasn’t a pleasurable experience and they wanna avoid

Yawning
No, your pup isn’t tired or sleepy, as you might be led to think. Yawning is also a sign of anxiety from your pooch. The act of them yawning is actually how they attempt to displace the stress they are feeling.

Overall, if your pup is showing signs of any of the above, make sure you back off, give them space, and don’t continue or repeat whatever you did to make them uncomfortable!
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People Food for Pooch in a Pinch / Capital Region Dogs

People Food for Pooch in a Pinch

Is it ever a good idea to feed your dog the same food you eat? Suppose, for whatever reason, you find yourself home alone with your pooch and there’s no dog food to be found. Chances are, living in Upstate New York ‘ s Capital District, and the Albany and Saratoga areas in particular, you have a pet or grocery store nearby and open at almost any hour. However, if you can’t get out, there are some human meals you can prepare to safely and temporarily tide your canine companion(s) over, according to an online article in the Canine Journal found athttp://www.caninejournal.com/ran-out-of-dog-food/.

While the article acknowledges that packaged and canned dog food is created to be nutritionally complete, unlike quickly prepped meals you throw together for Rover in a pinch, Veterinarian Korinn Saker, DVM, PhD., DACVN – who is likewise Associate Professor of Nutrition for North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine – is cited as recommending the following guidelines:

 

· Provide your pup with a balance of lean protein and complex carbohydrates

· Avoid feeding your dog too much fat or sodium, which can trigger vomiting, diarrhea or constipation

· Remain mindful of your pooch’s food allergies or chronic conditions, including renal, liver and heart disease or pancreatitis that require special low-fat diets.

Keeping the meal simple is probably the best course of action. And if your dog is food-aggressive or has potty-training issues, you may want to rethink how you approach the entire alternative meal topic. Even for a pup without any behavioral issues, the meals-in-a-pinch idea should never become a permanent substitute for the traditional dog food diets. In fact, Dr. Saker advises not to feed these alternative dishes to your dog for more than five consecutive days.

The article further cites the following:

Some Basics to Provide

· Poultry – cooked, skinless and boneless
· Beef (such as chop meat or beef cubes) – at least 80% lean and cooked
· Canned meats and veggies – well-rinsed and drained to remove excess sodium
· Keep it simple and lay off the salt and spices. Bland is better.

For Added Nutrition

· Canned vegetables like corn, beans, peas and carrots – well-rinsed and drained
· Plain pasta – cooked
· Plain, cooked rice, couscous or quinoa – avoid the flavored varieties which are loaded with sodium and spices that may upset your dog’s tummy
· Plain, cooked oatmeal – not the flavored variety packs
· Canned chicken and fish packed in water – well-rinsed and drained
· Cooked farina
· High-fiber or multi-grain healthy cereals – avoid cereals with raisins or magically delicious kids cereals
· Low-sodium vegetable, beef or chicken broth for flavor
· Low-sodium, plain tomato sauce
· Honey – sparingly

Don’t Overlook the Fridge

· Cooked eggs (egg whites only for dogs with renal disease, please)
· Boiled, baked or simply prepared poultry – skinless and boneless. Rotisserie chicken is fine, just remove skin and bones.
· Cooked beef, at least 80% lean or trimmed of excess fat
· Mild cheeses such as American or Colby

Consider Fruits and Vegetables

· Apples and pears – sliced
· Bananas, peeled
· Blueberries and strawberries
· Cooked potatoes (any kind)
· Cooked or raw carrots, beans, peas, broccoli, corn

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the following list of foods that should never be fed to your pup! Be sure to check labels and packaging on anything you are considering for this meals-in-a-pinch diet. Avoid:

· Breaded, fried, greasy, high-fat, salty and processed foods
Grapes and raisins
· Onions
· Garlic
· Bacon, cold cuts/deli meats which are high in sodium
· Anything spicy or prepared in a spicy sauce
· Milk

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Too Much Heat in Albany NY: Part Two

Too Much Heat and the Dog Days of Summer; Part 2

As discussed last week, the summer weather here in Upstate New York and New England can be deadly for our pooches and other four-legged friends if precautions are not taken.

In Part 2 of a two-part series titled Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer; Heat Stroke, Part 1 and Part 2, dated December, 2014, Dr. Justine A. Lee — a board certified Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian who writes for the online magazine Pet Health Network – shared more prevention tips.

Dogs are in the danger zone when their body temperature rises above 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius). The danger can escalate quickly as air temperatures rise.

“The higher the body temperature, the more life-threatening it is to your dog,” states Lee. “As core body temperature approaches greater than 106-degrees F (41-degrees C), the sooner death can occur.”

It’s important to remain vigilant for signs of fatigue or heat stroke in your dog no matter what the temperature is. The sooner you notice these signs, the sooner you should stop any form of exercise, cool down your dog, and seek veterinary attention, according to Lee.

Signs of heat stroke include:
• Constant panting
• Dragging behind (e.g., in other words, on a leash lagging several feet behind you)
• Dry gums that feel sticky to the touch
• Dark red gums
• Vomiting
• Acting wobbly or walking drunk
• Collapse
• An elevated heart rate
• Feeling warm to the touch, with red, flushed skin
• Seizures
• Dark, concentrated urine

As previously mentioned, heat stroke can quickly progress and be deadly to your pet. In its more advanced stage these life-threatening signs may appear:
• Seizures or tremors
• Dark red-wine colored urine
• Bloody or black, tarry diarrhea
• Difficulty breathing
• A racing heart rate (due to arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms)
• Collapse
• Death

Stop any activity immediately if you observe any of the above and quickly take the following steps:
• Transport you pet to a veterinarian right away
• Move your dog IMMEDIATELY to a shaded area or to a water source and begin cooling him down; even if this means dousing your pooch with water bottles from random strangers)!

Dr. Lee noted that in its advanced stages heat stroke is often fatal because it causes damage at the cellular level.
“Even with aggressive IV fluids, plasma transfusions, antibiotics, cooling measures, anti-vomiting medication, anti-vomiting medication, anti-seizure medication, oxygen therapy, and 24-hour, continuous critical care monitoring, organ failure can still occur,” she states.
Prevention is the best course of action to avoid the danger and costs associated with treating your pooch for heat stroke, said Lee.
Here are a few preventative tips to avoid heat stroke:
• Always check with your veterinarian to see if your dog is healthy enough – or a breed that is safe – to exercise with you.
• Avoid exercising between 10 am and 3 pm. During these hours the heat index is at its highest.
• Exercise in shade whenever possible.
• HYDRATE! Be sure to carry a water bottle or Camelback for your dog. If your water supply gets low, save that water for your four-legged friend!
• Avoid fast-paced exercise when temperatures soar, such as rollerblading.
• Overweight pets are predisposed to overheating.

Lee summed it all up like this: When in doubt, STOP. No workout is worth losing your pet to heat stroke.

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