The sun had just began to rise when pet owner Angie Smith and her Chihuahua, Whiskey, made their way to the Sunset Park Dog Park. Although the park opens at six, many owners arrived as early as 5:30 a.m. to get their pets some time outside. With summer temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, owners have few options to try to beat the heat.

Located on East Warm Springs and South Eastern, the park includes divided sections for small dogs like Whiskey and for dogs over 35 pounds as well. Pet owners have the chance to interact with owners as their dogs play in the wide spread of grass. Although the park had been only open for an hour, many dog owners began to leave. While water is available, shade from the heat wanes as the day continues. Knowing when the heat is too dangerous for your pet is crucial for their safety.

Having access to food and water is important regardless of the temperature outside. As the heat continues to increase, pet hydration is crucial to avoid dehydration. If your pet must be outside be sure to have plenty of cold water available. A pet’s internal temperature is higher than our own, according to Sunridge Animal Hospital.

To ensure your pet stays cool, staying indoors is the best option. The sun is highest between 12 – 3 p.m. and  it is recommended sun exposure is limited during this time. Dogs with brachycephalic have the most risk for heat injury. This syndrome occurs when the snout is short, for example bulldogs and pugs.

Due to cement’s capability to hold heat, walking your pet may bring harm to the pads on their feet. To best test if the ground is too warm, place the palm of your own hand on the ground. Sunridge Animal Hospital suggests to refrain from walking pets from  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer season.

If you notice an animal that may be suffering from the heat please seek the help of an animal hospital, according to training Veterinarian Technician Brain Heenan.


5 thoughts on “Protecting Paws at the Park

  1. It is true that the heat can harm pets and their paws, and it’s such a hassle to know when it is safe to bring my dog outside in the heat. I like how you interviewed people to get there opinions and advice on dog safety because it lets the public know what to do to keep dogs safe in the sun. My favorite part about your blog is the fact that you don’t know how your dog is suffering walking on the cement and that people should try and place their hands on the ground to see what it’s like. I might have to tell other dog owners I know about this.

  2. Your video is so professional! You designed it to look and sound just like the stories our local news stations report on. I love how you included interviews as well! It shows that you took an extra step to make your story helpful to viewers. I also love the tips you included in the article, they fit well with your video. Great job!

  3. Great article! Great interviews to get other insights and to get a professional insight on the topic too. This is a subject that I don’t think people understand the severity of. so I’m happy to see an article that gave great information and warnings. I also like that you gave readers information if their dog is caught in a bad heated situation. Great piece!

  4. Hey Alex!
    You did some awesome research for this assignment! It’s clear that you put a lot of effort and commitment into it, and it shows. Your subject matter is very relevant considering that it’s the middle of summer now. I also really liked the picture you used at the beginning of your post.

  5. I love this blog post! Not only do I like the subject, I also love your video from its B-roll, to the interviews, and to the information you provided. I would normally use video footage for the interviews, but using still images or B-roll over the top of the interview is a nice way to focus more on the subject or issue.

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