|05-11-2014 01:29 PM|
|vicky2200||I would just keep an eye on the feet and try to increase the walk more slowly next time. However, if you took frequent rests and offered water, the dog is probably fine as far as heat exhaustion goes.|
|05-11-2014 12:49 PM|
|05-10-2014 11:10 PM|
|05-10-2014 11:07 PM|
|Neko||I used Musher's Secret to protect pads from rough surface and or heat/cold.|
|05-10-2014 09:41 PM|
|Kahrg4||My boys regularly do 4 miles on asphalt lined trails without issue. We do work up to that length each spring though and take breaks in shady areas as we do.|
|05-10-2014 07:52 PM|
|scarfish||i just took my dogs on a 1.43758 mile walk.|
|05-10-2014 07:50 PM|
|scarfish||4.65K walk? most people here don't deal with kilometers. its's about a half mile each. so about 2 miles. or 4 1/2 kilometers. 4.65, whats with the exact measurement?|
|05-10-2014 07:38 PM|
|huntergreen||most people work up to those type of hikes, not just put the leash on and go. there is a balm you can use to protect your dogs pads.|
|05-10-2014 05:02 PM|
Just gradually increase your hiking/trail/backwoods walking to slowly toughen his pads and then enjoy your long walks!
|05-10-2014 04:50 PM|
One of my fosters who's pads are a bit on the softer side bled after I walked her too much over a series of days in the woods. She can take it, just that the pads needed more time to toughen up. If you check the paws, does it feel tough and rough and thick? If it has a white or less dark pad that is on the thinner side, the dog may just need to get toughen up more gradually. If you have a friend with a dog that's out and about a lot in the woods, maybe touch that dog's paws for reference.
Dogs that walks mostly on lawns or smooth surfaces may not have the thick callouses needed for the rougher trail walks.
My dogs' paws can take rough edges and things poking into the pads for long periods of time without a drop of blood because the callous is thick. I've even seen their pads splinter without blood and they still hike fine with just a bit discomfort.
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