3 Times When You Don’t Need to Walk the Dog

A daily walk or exercise allows your dog to explore the surrounding environment, but there are times when it can be dangerous for your dog.

By Guest Blogger, Martin William

Walking is a healthy practice to keep your dog fresh, content, and entertained. Daily walk or exercise allows your dog to explore the surrounding environment. Your dog gets to socialize with human beings and other canines inside your locality. But there are times or situations when it can be dangerous for your dog to go outside for a walk. Here I have mentioned three circumstances when you are not allowed to take out your dog:

#1: Under Extreme Weather Conditions

It is recommended not to walk your dog under extreme weather conditions, for instance, when it’s too cold, and it’s too hot. You are required to check the weather forecast before you plan a walking routine for your dog. You must not walk your dog when it’s raining outside or during snowstorms. Limit your dog’s walking time to protect it from the too warm or too cold temperature. If it’s too cold outside, you can dress your dog in a warm sweater or jacket. Your dog might have a built-in fur coat, but your dog can still get cold during winter days. If there is hot weather, you can check the pavement if it’s feasible for your dog to walk on. If the heat burns your feet, it is also going to be too hot for your dog’s paws.

#2: Right After Neutering Surgery

Neutering is a process when an animal’s reproductive organ is removed to control birth. If your dog has undergone the same surgery, you must not walk your dog. It is a dangerous procedure that requires some rest time for your dog. You may need to housebound your dog for weeks. Typically, dog owners realize that this is a risky surgery for their dogs and they must let them rest after neutering, advised JugDog. So you are advised not to rush. Don’t let your dog out and ensure proper rest for the first 24 to 48 hours. The wounds or stitches are fresh, and they can get infectious. After 3 to 5 days, if your dog is making good progress, you can take out your dog for slight walks. After 5 to 10 days, you must take your dog to the final checkup. If the vet gives you good signs, your dog is ready for routine day and night walks.

#3: After an Internal Injury

There can be a lot of reasons for an internal injury in your dog. For instance, abuse by other dogs, lacerations of the kidney, fractures of bones, tumors of the spleen, or your dog might get hit violently by a vehicle. Whatever is the cause, if your dog has been diagnosed with an internal injury, you need to take proper care of your dog for fast recovery. You are not advised to walk your dog after getting the treatment done. Your dog is limited to rest and recovery during the initial days of rehabilitation from an injury. If the damage is massive, you can restrict your dog to a cage or any other secure place to get reasonable control over your dog’s movements. Besides, under internal injuries case, you need to limit your dog’s food to easy-to-digest and soft items.

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