We can't stress this enough: LEAVE DOGS HOME ON HOT DAYS!
The temps are rising and so are reports and rescues for dogs in heat distress at our parks.
These emergencies are completely avoidable and heart breaking. Most people know to never leave a dog in a hot car but #DYK that if the temperature is 80+ in the air, it's 100+ on the trail? And even hotter on concrete and asphalt areas. Place the back of your hand on the ground and try to hold it there for 10 seconds. If you can't, it's already too hot for your dog to walk on. If you do decide to bring your dog to the parks, go early in the morning or late in the evening when it's cooler. Choose shaded trails instead of exposed ones. Bring LOTS of water and take frequent breaks to cool off.
Know the signs of heatstroke in dogs:
- Rapid panting
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Seek shade immediately
- Wet dog with cool water or wet cloth on foot pads, groin, armpits, and ears
- Fan air on dog
- Take dog to vet as soon as possible