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Old 05-10-2014, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
CharlieB.Barkin
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Default Bloody feet after very long walk?

I had some free time last Thursday, so I took Charlie for a 4.65k long walk. I am mostly free today so I took Charlie on a walk that was a little over 8k long. Previously his longest walk must have been no more than 5k, so today was his longest walk by far. I felt like he could take it and he did. I brought a bottle of water (I probably should have brought more?). It was about 20 degrees Celsius but it was really really windy so it felt much cooler. I stopped 5 time throughout the walk to give him a break or give him water. Surprisingly he didn't drink a whole lot. I didn't drink anything, so I guess that makes sense?

Anyways, I return home and I start noticing these little red specks appear all over the carpet. His back right paw was bleeding a tiny bit. I put some pressure on it with a paper towel and it was very minor. I couldn't see the cut but it must have scabbed up within 10 minutes of me finding it. I'm no expert, but my guess is that bleeding feet aren't normal after long walks. Did he just not have calluses on his feet?

I gave him lost of water with ice and he ate it all up. He then fell asleep and 20 minutes later I gave him a cup of food.

For future reference, what are the signs of heat exhaustion in dogs? How would you treat it if you're away from home? I'm going to start bringing more water and go back to shorter walks. I'm sure he had a great time though.
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