The temperature of the pavement during our hot summer months in Tucson is hot enough to burn the pads of your dog’s feet. We know your dog loves to go on walks but it can be dangerous. To keep your dog safe do the 5 Second Rule before every walk. Go outside to where you plan on walking and place the back of your hand on the surface for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Try to limit your walks to the early morning or the late afternoon avoiding the hottest times of the day. See if your dog can adjust to wearing their own new shoes and always check your dog’s feet after a walk.
If dogs could speak I bet they would tell us that car rides are their favorite activity. As you know during our Tucson summers our cars can act more like an oven than a means of transportation. Remember to never leave your dog in the car without air conditioning. The temperatures can increase as much as 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. Cracking the windows is not enough to prevent the temperatures from becoming too hot. If you do see a pet left in a car and you suspect they are in danger call 911.
Even while providing all the right tools to for your pet to be safe during the summer it is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice these warning signs make sure to get your pet into a calm cool area and contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Excessive panting
- Heavy breathing
- Red gums
Don’t forget to have fun this summer! Set out a kiddy pool or purchase some fun water hose attachments. Let your dog play in the water to keep them cool. You can also freeze a bowl filled with dog treats, toys and water. Your dog will love playing with their new treat and it will help them beat the heat. Don’t forget to always check that your dog has access to plenty of shade and water and enjoy the summer with your favorite fur friend.
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