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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Running with your dog;
Spring and summer bring about great weather and we'll often see people running and biking with their canine companions. Although exercise is very beneficial (for both owners and pets alike), there are some important considerations to be taken into account before hitting the pavement. Due to body conformation with short legs and long bodies, certain breeds (Corgi's, Daschunds, basset hounds, etc) aren't designed for running long distances and are better off going for walks. Others such as pugs, boston terriers and bulldogs can have difficulty breathing properly due to their short snouts and may have a more difficult time exchanging enough oxygen to keep up with a running pace. Make sure to pay close attention to your pup and if you notice that they're lagging behind or seem out of breath, it's time to stop. If your pet has been diagnosed with any sort of condition, make sure you check with the veterinarian to ensure it's still safe to go running or biking. Enjoy the great weather.