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While dogs are welcomed on many Phoenix hiking trails during cool weather, once temperatures reach 100-degrees, they must stay at home.
In June of 2016, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board implemented a ban that prohibits dogs from using hiking trails when outside temperatures reach 100-degrees or higher.
Some other important reminders during the scorching hot days of summer include:
1. Provide lots of water and some shady areas. Whether you are just staying at home or you are traveling, ensure that Fido has easy access to clean water all the time. Remember that it takes little time for dogs to become critically dehydrated during summer. When spending time outside, ensure that your pooch also has a pleasant shady place to escape the sun.
2. Reschedule exercise. Because your daily routines with your dog can be rough for both of you when carried out during the hottest times of the day, try taking your walk or jog later in the evening or early in the morning, during the coolest parts of the day.
3. Always keep him company. Never leave your dog alone in the car. Even just a couple of minutes in a hot vehicle can be dangerous for him. Just as critically, ensure Fido’s never left alone in any other area that could easily overheat such as a garage or a shed without ample ventilation.
4. Let him cool down. Dogs sweat through their paws and cool themselves through panting. Never do anything that will keep your pooch from using his normal cooling techniques. If you must have your dog in a muzzle, ensure that it will allow him to still have his mouth open to pant and drink without difficulty.
5. Apply some doggie sunscreen. Dogs can get sunburns too! Try putting some dog sunscreen on his ears, nose, belly and other parts of his body with the least fur. Because human sunblock contain substances that are sometimes toxic to animals, ensure that you pick one that is safe for him. Don’t forget to protect his paws as well.
6. Others. Give your pooch cool treats to keep him refreshed all the time, and keep yourself informed. Learn the warning signs of dehydration, overheating, and heat stroke. Know the vet clinic hours and contact number in the event of an emergency.