“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
During the summertime in Phoenix, the temperatures are so hot that it becomes dangerous to take your pets hiking.
No Dogs Allowed on Trails When Temps reach 100 or More Degrees
In fact, so many incidents occurred over the years, that in 2016 the City of Phoenix implemented new rules, stating that no pet is allowed on hiking trails once the temperature reaches 100 or more degrees.
If caught disobeying this rule, dog owners can be fined up to $2,500 and receive 6 months jail time.
Leash Your Pets
You always want to make sure your dog is leashed and that you pick up after them. This ensures everyone’s safety and cleanliness on the trail.
Water & Treats
Always bring extra water and treats and/or food for your dog as well. Just like us, they need hydration and food for energy along the trails.
I’ve seen some hikers with dog bowls that are collapsible, so it easier to carry around in your pack.
While the pads on our pets feet help to maneuver them over rocks along the trails, it doesn’t protect them from the heat of the desert ground.
When it’s a hot day and you plan on taking your dog out (even if just around the neighborhood) always feel the ground to see how hot it is. Even in the evening when it’s cooling down, the ground can still be holding onto the heat. So, it’s best to check! We don’t want their little paws to get hurt.
The last thing to remember, is to pay attention to your dogs behavior. Even if your not hiking, a dog can be accessible to heat stroke just from spending a small amount of time outside..
Heat Stroke in Dogs
Signs of heat stroke can be:
- increase heart rate
- heavy panting
- loss of coordination
Or if you notice your dog is just acting weird in general. Remember, they have a lot of fur and if you think it’s hot…imagine how they feel.
Show your furry hiking partners, how much you love them by keeping them safe this summer. Always, supply fresh water daily and keep them indoors when it’s hot outside.