Phoenix during the summer is brutal. No two ways about it. And if you aren’t used to the heat, it can be not only miserable, but dangerous. Heat exhaustion, sunburn, heat stroke, disorientation, and dehydration are all likely when temperatures hit over 100. If you’re visiting from out of town, you may not be used to these insane temperatures. And our pets definitely aren’t.
If you’ve got a cute little fur baby to care for, make sure you follow these tips to keep them safe and comfy!
- Keep Pets Off the Hot Pavement
We wouldn’t walk barefoot on hot asphalt or cement, so why should our pets? If you can’t keep your palm on the ground for more than 10 seconds, it’s too hot for your pup. Paw pads are extremely sensitive, and can burn and scab easily, so don’t let them spend too long on the hot pavement.
- Make sure to keep your pups on the grass as much as possible.
- If possible, carry them to and from their preferred place of business.
- Get them a pair of booties or invest in some paw protection wax.
- Give Them a Haircut!
Dogs need a bit of protection, about 1 inch of hair to avoid sunburns, but it’s a good idea to give them a nice trim during the summer months. If you’re planning a trip to Phoenix, make sure they have a cool, stylish haircut. That way they won’t overheat!
- Water, Water & More Water
Make sure your pet always has access to fresh, cool water. This means leaving a bowl down in your hotel room, and even carrying a collapsible dish with you everywhere you go. They’re inexpensive and easy, and ensure your dog will always have a bowl to drink from.
4. Check the Time
While 5am after a night of partying might be super early (or maybe you haven’t gone to bed yet!), taking your pet out in the morning hours or after sunset is a good way to ensure lower temperatures. If they’re accustomed to long walks, do so before the sun gets too high, and the pavement gets too hot. Take them to one of Phoenix’s many dog parks to let them play and run around while it’s still cool enough.
5. Stay at a Pet Friendly Hotel
Several Hotels in Phoenix offer a dog friendly service. Dogs aren’t confined to the room, they are often allowed in the common areas (on leash and accompanied by owner, of course). Some of the pet friendly hotels in Phoenix include:
- Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
- FOUND:RE Phoenix
- Hampton Inn Phoenix/Anthem
- Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
- Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Happy Valley
- Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport
- Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport
- The Claredon Hotel & Spa
- Sheraton Crescent Hotel
- Aloft Phoenix-Airport
Just to name a few!
Phoenix is super pet friendly, but when the heat gets this high, it’s always best to be cautious and prepared. Follow these steps to keep your little ones safe and happy!