Around the spring every year, we start adjusting our schedules so we do not hurt our fur clients. The Arizona sun is brutal and can really do a number on our pets who walk around in fur coats all year long. While it may seen nice to you at only 90 degrees, the pads of their feet pounding the hot pavement can hurt them. We asked Dr. Josh from North Scottsdale Animal Hospital what he thought about this topic. We asked him if he agreed with our policy to not walk dogs over 90 degrees. Here is what he had to say:
Everyone who has spent a day in Phoenix during July knows how intense and dangerous the summer heat can be. Each year people and pets succumb to the heat due to carelessness and neglect.
When caring for your pet in the summer months there are several rules that I ask clients to follow to insure the safety of their pets when walking dogs in Arizona heat:
- Limit walks to the hours before 7am or after 7pm whenever possible. The risks for heat stroke, dehydration and paw pad burns will be greatest during those hours.
- Test the temperature of the pavement with your hand. If the temperature of the pavement
causes you to be uncomfortable, your dog may be at risk for paw pad damage due to the heat.
- If you plan an extended walk, bring water for your dog. Allow your dog frequent breaks to drink, and consider using the effect of evaporation cooling by soaking your dogs’ hair coat to help keep cool.
- Early onset heat stroke may manifest as excessive panting, lethargy, vomiting. Recognition of a problem and quick intervention are key to limiting the damage that heat stroke can cause.
So what do you feel about our policy not to walk dogs over 90 degrees?
“Bella’s pet/house sitting has made a concerted effort to place the well being of your canine companions a priority over the summer months. As a consequence they have decided to avoid leash walks when the temperature is above 90 degrees. This guideline is in the best interest of your pets and one worth respecting.” – Dr. Josh
Please know that when we mention walking, we mean those pets who we take out to walk for exercise. We will still of course let your pet out in your yard, condo, or apartment giving him the time needed to do his business.
So what we do? My pet needs to be exercised still?
No problem! We understand! We have two options:
1 – Let us know as early as possible and we can adjust our exercise walks to the morning. We have LIMITED spaces available so let us know now!
2 – We can stay indoors after they have a potty break. We have a lot of different games that will not only physically exhaust them, but mentally get them going too. The best way to describe this is to show you some of these ways. Take a look at Bella on Sonoran Living Live with you office manager Rocco describing some games you can play in your house:
July 15, 2011 – How To Keep Your Pets Active Indoors, ABC 15 -Sonoran Living