Dogs love adventuring with their humans, especially in the nice weather. In an effort to keep our pets safe during the sweltering heat, follow these tips:
- Take an early hike before the sun is out in full force. This little trick ensures you and your furry friend can still get in some exercise with no risk of overheating.
- Be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog. We all need water to live, so be sure to pack extra H2O for the fur baby!
- Adventure where there is water and shade. Dogs don’t sweat like people do, so releasing heat through their paws, and panting in the shade is their main method to cool down. Try to adventure where there are plenty of shady spots to rest, preferably with some water features, but a dousing from a water bottle works also.
- Buy a cooling vest if you’re going on longer hikes where there isn’t much water or shade. This will help to minimize heat exhaustion.
- Be mindful of hot pavement on your pet’s feet. If you wouldn’t put your bare feet on the ground due to the sizzling heat, your dog probably won’t be too comfortable walking on it either. Pet booties can work for short neighborhood walks, but are not recommended for long hikes as they trap in warmth and can cause your dog to over heat.
- If it’s over 85 degrees do not go adventuring. Wait for a cooler day or until the sun goes down to go outside.