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Arizona’s blazing heat can take its toll on our furry friends. Here are some tips to help keep your dog safe in the desert.

Choose Your Walks Wisely

We need exercise. Our dogs need exercise. Make sure to time your walks wisely. Go early in the morning or later at night when temperatures are cooler. Both of you will be better off!

Hydration. Hydration. Hydration.

It might go without saying, but keep your dog’s dish full of water at all times! And always be sure to keep an eye out for signs of dehydration in your pup.

Do Not Leave Them Alone in the Car

This one’s also somewhat of a no-brainer, but we’re going to say it anyway. Don’t leave your dog alone in the car – especially in the heat of day. The results can be disastrous.

Get Your Dog Booties

Don’t let the hot sand scorch your pup’s pads. Invest in a good pair of booties. It might take your dog a bit to get used to wearing them, but chances are he or she will push past the discomfort and be grateful to get outside with his or her human.

Beware of Rattlesnakes

If you and your pup are avid hikers, beware of rattlesnakes. Dogs are about 20 times more likely than humans to be bitten. Keep your pup leashed and away from rocks and bushes, under which rattlesnakes are known to take shelter. If your dog does get bit, get him or her to the emergency vet as soon as possible.

For more lifestyle tips and ideas for fun things to do in and around Gilbert, Arizona, check out the Cadia Crossing blog.