The sun is beating down on the trails, roads and backyards your pets know and love.
“You get used to it, and you forget it impacts your animal and they can’t tell you, ‘I’m really hot, I’m really thirsty,’” Michelle Austin, with Aryan’s Pet Supplies in Phoenix, said.
Austin said there are things you can buy to keep your pets hydrated and cool: A wet bandana wrapped around their necks, little booties to save their paws from the pavement, portable water bowls, a first aid kit in case of a heat-related emergency.
“Towels, cold compresses, emergency dog whistle, compass – so a variety of products to ensure if anything happens, you can keep safe,” Austin said.
Safety in the heat includes leaving the dogs at home if you’re planning a hot hike.
“Any type of dog, once you’re getting up in the nineties, 95, taking them hiking is real risky,” Nancy Ward, with Ryan’s Pet Supplies, said.
But Ward added even a walk down the street can be dangerous. Some signs of heat exhaustion are heavy panting, trying to get shade and not wanting to get up.
“Think of your dog like you would treat a small child. Make sure that your car is cool before you put him in there…make sure you have water…make sure that you’re being their voice because they can’t tell you when it’s too hot,” Ward said.
And here’s another tip for you – call it the five-second rule. If you put your hand on the ground you’re planning on walking your dog on and you can’t hold your hand on there for five seconds, that means your dog should not be walking on that surface without any paw protection.