We are only into our first two weeks of warmer weather and already I have seen two situations with hot pets which I hope not to see again during the upcoming summer, says letter writer. Stock photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep dogs cool on hot days

Let’s all look after our best friends, says letter writer

To the editor,

We are only into our first two weeks of warmer weather and already I have seen two situations which I hope not to see again during the upcoming summer.

The first concerned a pug-nosed dog being walked uphill at a fast pace, His tongue was hanging out and he was having trouble keeping up with its owner. This type of dog finds breathing more difficult than non pug-nosed dogs and should not have been forced to keep up with a much faster paced human, nor should it have been walked on the asphalt. Dogs’ paw pads are tender and will burn easily; they do not appreciate being walked on the hot mid-day pavement.

The second was a small dog being forced to run along beside a bicycle. It was obvious that this dog was having great difficulty keeping up the pace. Please remember that if you must walk your dog during the hottest part of the day, take it to a park where there’s lots of shade and nice soft cooler paths to walk on. Also, bring water with you, and keep your pace to that of your dog. Running with a bike is for mid- to large-sized dogs, not little guys.

Let’s all look after our best friends; after all, they give us so much the least we can do is give back.

Diana Walker, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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