Workout Cool Down for Dogs

An exercise plan for your dog is extremely important.  The plan can consist of a run, a walk, or a game of fetch.  All of these exercises are enjoyable for a dog and also benefit the dog owner.  According to Pet MD, there are a few steps you should take post-workout to cool down and relax your dog.  The steps include the following:

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration: Giving your dog water is critical.  You will need to stop and give your dog water breaks periodically.  Remember not to give it more than it can handle because this will cause an upset stomach.

Cool Down-Toward the end of the exercise regimen, allow your dog to slow down/walk.  This lets its body temperature and heart rate settle back to normal.

Forgo the Food till Later: Feeding your dog right before a workout can cause digestive issues.  You also need to wait until it is rehydrated & cooled down after a workout to feed your dog its normal meal.

Body Check: Check for ticks, or other foreign object on your pet.  Make sure to check inside its ears, in between skin folds, on its belly, and anywhere else little critters can hide.

Foot Care: Pets are constantly on their feet, and they need to be given special care.  If you see anything out of the ordinary, please consult a veterinarian.

These tips will help your pet cool down more quickly and safely after its workouts!

Courtesy of Pet MD

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