When you are hot they are hot. It's common sense, I know, but sometimes we need a reminder, and when you know better you do better! As it warms up this summer here are some do's and don't when it comes to taking care of your dog. The folks at azcentral.com came up with this great list!
Do walk your dog before or shortly after sunrise, or long after sunset, when temperatures dip into "tolerable."
• Don't walk your dog when you get home from work at 5 p.m. because it's convenient. In summer, the hottest part of the day is typically 2-6 p.m.
• Do test the pavement with your hand. Uncomfortably hot, perhaps even burning? Your dog will feel the same.
• Don't believe that a dog's pads are impervious to the heat. The fatty tissue provides some insulation, but it conducts heat more quickly than cold.
• Do keep your dog inside as much as possible during the day. Too much time outdoors can lead to everything from sunburn to dehydration, if not heat exhaustion.
• Don't leave him outside because you know how much he loves the backyard. As soon as you're gone, all those signs you perceive as happiness (jumping, tail-wagging) disappear as he searches for a cool place to lay down.
• Do provide shade and plenty of water if you must leave your dog outside. Consider a half-full wading pool in the shade, changing the water each day.
• Don't assume a tree or bush provides enough shade, or that a metal bowl left in the sun will hold a day's worth of water.
• Do be mindful when hiking with your dog. Bring canine-friendly snacks, plenty of water and a bowl.
• Don't think that just because you can hike up Finger Rock Trail in the heat of the day, your dog can make it too. Dogs will follow you to the ends of the Earth.
• Do know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Watch for panting, rapid heart beat, muscle tremors, a wobbly walk and more.
• Don't ignore these signs. Heat stroke can be fatal.
• Do leave your dog home while running errands.
• Don't take your dog along because you're sure he'll be fine in the car for a minute or two when you duck into the store. Temps can rise quickly in the oven that is a parked car, and cracking a window doesn't help. Do not leave a child or a dog or any living, breathing thing in a car. Ever.