With all of these increasingly soaring temperatures here in QC, the important thing to remember is that while your dogs can, but not, wear shoes on this steamy hot sidewalk! Contrary to popular belief, dog paws can be very delicate and prone to burns during these scorching summers. Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks to help you and Fido exercise safely, even on sunny days!
1. Go to cooler times of the day! I know it can be difficult if you’re not a morning person, but walking early in the morning before the sun heats up the sidewalk can be very beneficial for you and your dog. If you just can’t bring yourself to hit the snooze button, a walk after sunset is a great alternative too! Walking the sidewalk (if it’s not too hot) can also help harden a dog’s paws and make them less prone to burns, like a callus on your hand!
2. Find alternative ways to walk that don’t involve paved sidewalks! When training your dog, you don’t have to do anything specific, as long as you are on the go and moving, it matters! However, remember taking your dog out on the trails, to a nice shaded park, or the dog park are great alternatives and your dog will love that you change the routine.
3. Educate yourself! Unfortunately, in these high temperatures, heat stroke is more of a risk factor for dogs and it’s important to know the signs so you can act quickly. The Humane Society states that symptoms may include “severe wheezing, glassy eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, incoordination, copious salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizures, and” loss of consciousness. “If you notice any of these signs, take your dog to an air-conditioned area and put on ice packs and / or damp towels, provide adequate water, and take your furry friend straight to a veterinarian.
Stay safe out there QC!
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