The Scottsdale, AZ Fire Department was dispatched to the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead yesterday afternoon to rescue a dog that got severely dehydrated.
Diego, a 125-lb. German Shepard was carried out by firefighters to the parking lot where he drank “5 bottles of water”. He hopped back into the car under his own power, and thankfully was okay.
The Scottsdale Fire Department used the story as a reminder to pet owners that extreme heat can kill your pets.
Here are their Do’s and Don’ts for pet safety in extreme heat situations:
-Verify the weather before you walk your dog outside:. Try to avoid walking your dog mid-day when it’s the hottest. Try and limit your animals exercise if it’s above 85 degrees.
-Check the sidewalk or asphalt temperature: If it is too hot for you to touch, it is too hot for your dog paws!
-Walk your dogs in the cooler time of the day: Early in the morning before 10 am or after 5 or 6 pm in the evening.
-Provide shade for your outdoor pets: In the AZ heat and sunshine, you dog will need shade for cover and hopefully a breezeway there as well
-Leaving your dog or cat in the hot car CAN BE FATAL! Temperatures in an enclosed vehicle will heat up quickly, and even when you think it’s reasonably cool out, the temperature in the car is likely 15-25 degree hotter!
-Don’t leave your dog outside in the summer heat. Not only can your dog’s skin burn in the heat, but they can get dehydrated and even suffer heatstroke. Never leave them outside in the heat for more than 30 minutes at a time if possible.
-Do not forget to give your pets PLENTY water before you leave the house. Dogs can become severely dehydrated especially in the hotter summer months. So always be sure to keep enough water for your dogs or cats no matter what and place the water bowl or bucket where it’s in the shade all day too!
“Scottsdale Fire technical rescue teams rescued a dog from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead this afternoon at 1:30. The female hiker was located on the trail 3/4 of the way from the trailhead with 2 dogs. The large dog pictured was showing signs of heat exhaustion. Scottsdale Paramedics started cooling and rehydration for the dog named “Diego”.
He is a 125 lbs German Shepard. Crews carried him down a steep part of the trail and removed the hiker and the dogs utilizing an UTV. “Diego” was doing much better after 5 bottles of water. He got into the car under his own power.”