Heat Safety for Dogs

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


Editor’s Note: Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. 


By Dr. Kirstin Young, D.V.M. — While sweating is a very effective means of cooling, our four-legged friends sweat only a small amount through the pads of their paws. Most of their cooling occurs through panting, which is much less effective, especially when the humidity is high. This makes dogs more vulnerable to heat exhaustion in the summer.

The Sensitive Type

Certain breeds, such as pugs, Boston terriers and bulldogs are more susceptible to heat stress because of their flat faces. The very old, the very young and the overweight also have a harder time handling heat. They may not be able to walk as far or play as long as normal. Don’t count on your dog to stop when they are too hot or tired— some dogs keep going until they collapse.

What to Do: Adjust your dog’s activity level as summer heats up.

vehicle heat chart

The Car Inferno

As you can see in the table, comfortable temperatures quickly turn dangerous in a vehicle. Leaving the windows cracked does very little to decrease the temperature, even if there is a breeze. The dog’s panting will increase the heat and humidity in the closed compartment making matters worse.

What to Do: Never leave your dog in a parked vehicle even if the temperature seems mild.

Walking on Coal

The idea that a dog’s pads act like shoes is not true. Although pads are tougher than human skin, they are still sensitive to heat and can burn on hot asphalt. Look for limping, licking of paws, reluctance to walk and blisters or sores on the pads.

What to Do: Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening and avoid hot sidewalks. Before going for a walk, slip your shoe off and feel the surface with your bare foot. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog.

Dangerous Bath

When the temperatures are in the 100s, the water sitting in your hose can be scalding and can cause severe burns to your dog’s skin.

What to Do: Run the hose to clear the hot water before letting it touch your dog.

More Heat, More Water

Always bring plenty of cold water when walking or hiking with your dog during the summer. When exerting themselves in hot weather, dogs may need twice as much water as usual to avoid heat stroke and dehydration.

Summer is a great time to spend quality time with your best friend. Keep it cool to keep it enjoyable.

Signs of heat stress or exhaustion

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Confusion
  • Increased heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapse

If you see any of these signs, immediately stop any activity, get your dog into the shade, wet them with cool water if possible and get to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Related

Dr. Kirstin Young, a Phoenix native, owns Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital in Anthem. This article was first published on Anthem News.


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

For more local businesses, see In&Out Magazine Classifed Ads >>>  
 
Guest Contributor