Article submitted by Tracey Defore, County of San Diego,
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
- Take plenty of breaks, preferably in the shade.
- Check your dog’s paws regularly to make sure they’re not getting
- 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
Learn more about ways to keep your dog cool in this County
News Center article.