NEWS // June 1, 2018

County Parks Shares Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Article submitted by Tracey Defore, County of San Diego, Communications Office

If you take your dog on hikes or walks during hot weather, the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation want you to consider these tips to ensure their safety:

  • Exercise in the early morning and return before midday.
  • Consider your dog’s fitness level. Match the trail with their endurance in mind.
  • Take more water than you think you’ll need and a water bowl.
  • Take plenty of breaks, preferably in the shade.
  • Check your dog’s paws regularly to make sure they’re not getting burned.
  • Watch for signs of dehydration or heatstroke. They can include excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, weakness or bright red gums, refusal to walk further, collapse, shaking, shock and seizures. If your dog suffers any of these symptoms, stop, preferably in the shade, and offer water. Try to cool your dog off by pouring water over them and then take your pet to the nearest vet.

Learn more about ways to keep your dog cool in this County News Center article.