Phoenix Trails Are Closed To Dogs During 100 Degrees Temperatures

By on April 29, 2020 0 193Views

Our Arizona Spring was an extended beautiful season, but there is no question that the heat has officially arrived in the Valley of the Sun.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning as the Valley continues to see record high temperatures this week. Temperatures have already reached triple digits for the first time this year. With rising temperatures, comes a reminder that Phoenix trails are closed for dogs once temperatures reach 100 degrees and higher.

Arizona Humane Society tweeted a reminder over the weekend to remind pet owners of heat exhaustion dogs can face when on walks in the Arizona heat. Pet owners should be aware that burning ground on their furry friends paws can be dangerous. Pets can quickly become overheated when the Arizona temperatures rise.

Park Rangers and Phoenix Fire want to keep residents safe while out enjoying the beautiful scenery. The City of Phoenix offers trail safety guidelines.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the summer heat:

  • Provide your pet with shade and water
  • Never leave your pets in parked cars
  • Cool your pet inside and out by providing them with cooling mats, pupsicles and ice cubes.
  • Limit exercise
  • Fans don’t help dogs like they do humans. Dogs sweat in their feet more than anywhere else. It is recommended to soak their paws throughout the day when it is hot out.
  • Shoes or socks for the dogs to wear when they need to go outside.

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.