HIKERS: Keep a close eye on temperatures today! Phoenix trails are closed to dogs when temperatures reach triple digits (90s are unsafe, too). Failure to comply "violators could be subject to a Class One Misdemeanor that could include a fine of up to $2,500 and six months jail time."
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the heat from City of Phoenix's Parks and Recreation Services:
- Never leave your pets in parked cars
- Monitor the humidity
- Limit exercise
- Fans don't help dogs like they do for humans. Did you know that dogs sweat in their feet more than anywhere else? Probably a good idea to soak their paws throughout the day when it is hot out.
- Provide shade and water
- Cool your pet inside and out. Provide them with cooling maps, pupsicles, ice cubes, and stuff like that to keep them cool.
- Shoes or socks for the dogs to wear when they need a bathroom break outside.