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Posted on 07-12-2016

The Heat is On in Arizona

It’s no secret that the summer in Arizona is hot. The high is always in the triple digits and the low almost never goes below 80 degrees. This leaves the ground to soak up the heat all day. Keeping your dog safe and comfortable, while still having fun in the sun can be hard, but we’re here to help. Making sure you’re walking during the cooler hours, and giving your dog enough water are just a few ways to keep your dog safe.

How hot does the ground get?

When the temperature outside is over 100 degrees, the asphalt can reach over 140 degrees. It can get even hotter on the red bricks you may have on your patio, or outdoor walkways. If you are planning on taking your dog for a walk, you should do it before 7 am, or after the sun goes down at 8 pm. Walking on grass is your best bet to keep your dog’s paws from overheating. Grass is usually 5 to 10 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. If you must walk your dog during the hottest times during the day, make sure grass is available for your furry friend. The best trick to make sure it isn’t too hot for them, is using the back of your hand. Place the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t hold it there, it’s too hot for your dog.

Your dog needs water everyday, but how much?

Keeping your dog hydrated during the summer is the most important thing you could do for them. A good rule to follow is 1 oz of water per pound of body weight. For instance, a 20 pound dog would need 20 oz of water every day. This number will increase on hot days, and for very active dogs. Make sure you’re filling up the water bowl throughout the day, or invest in a water bowl that replenishes itself.

Your dog can get sunburnt, too

We’ve all been there. You forget to apply sunscreen, and you’re forced to deal with a red, itchy sunburn. What many people don’t realize is that dogs can get sunburnt, too. While you may think grooming your dog for the Summer will keep them cool, you also have to watch for sun exposure. Dogs with trimmed fur are more likely to get sun burnt. Many dog breeds like Dalmatians, Whippets, white Bulldogs, and Beagles are at a higher risk for sunburns. Investing in a dog sunscreen is the best way to prevent over exposure, as well as limiting outdoor time.

Keeping your dogs cool and safe doesn’t have to be a chore this summer. Start with limiting outdoor exposure, keeping them hydrated, and keeping them off the pavement during the hottest times of the day. Summer is the time the whole family gets together to have fun in the sun, but don’t forget about that furry member of the family. For any questions, please visit phoenixvetcenter.com.


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