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Dogs On The Trail


Many dogs love to accompany their humans on hikes, and faculty in USU’s School of Veterinary Medicine offer some tips for the trail.

Carry enough water for yourself and your dog. Because they don’t perspire, it’s easy for dogs to become overheated. Streams can be dangerously swift, especially during spring runoff. Grass awns are sharp, sometimes barbed, seeds that can burrow into a dog’s skin and cause injuries, pain, and infection. Awns can also get into a dog’s nose and cause respiratory problems. Take time to check for awns in your dog’s coat, ears, nose and between their toes.