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Phoenix Hiking Trails Can Be Dangerous for Dogs During Summer

Written by: Arizona Humane Society
Help protect your pet from summer dangers by avoiding phoenix hiking trails when temperatures exceed 100 degrees.

Every year, our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs) and Animal Cruelty Investigators respond to hundreds of distress calls concerning animals suffering from heat-related issues. A number of these urgent cases find our EAMTs performing rescues on Phoenix hiking trails, where scorching summer temperatures pose a grave threat to pets accompanying their owners on these outdoor excursions.

The best way to avoid subjecting your furry friend to the risks associated with a sweltering hike is simple: Leave them at home. Phoenix hiking trails are CLOSED to all dogs when temperatures reach 100 degrees and above because of the risk of heat stroke, pavement burn and dehydration.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks Board have adopted this policy in an effort to protect your dog’s health and safety on high temperature days. Under PCC 24-54 (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.

If you encounter a homeless, sick or mistreated animal on a hiking trail, please report suspected cruelty or neglect. Also, remain alert for the signs of heat stroke in an animal, which include:

  • Loud, rapid panting
  • Red gums and tongue
  • Rapid pulse
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Excessive/lack of drool
  • Weakness/collapse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • 103+ body temperature

Please refer to our Heat Safety Tips for more instructions on how to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy this summer.

June 7, 2024