Summer in Phoenix means triple digit temps that make all but the bravest humans want to stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning. The heat is just as hard on dogs and can really curtail your pup’s normal activities. Playtime at the dog park will probably take a rest until fall. Even taking your dog for his normal walk can be dangerous since pavement temperatures can easily be too hot for your pup’s paws in the summer.

Overheating is a very real danger. Dogs don’t sweat out excess body heat like humans. Surprisingly, dogs have a few sweat glands in their paws, but these do little to help regulate their body temperature. Panting-rapid, open-mouthed breathing-is how pups do that. But sometimes that’s not enough to keep from getting overheated. And some breeds are more prone to overheating than others. This includes dogs with thick coats or long hair, very young or very old dogs, and breeds with short noses and flat faces, like frenchies, shih tzus, boxers, pugs, and bulldogs. Overweight dogs and those that suffer from medical conditions that cause difficulty breathing or heart problems are especially susceptible. Extremely active dogs and working or hunting breeds (such as shepherds, retrievers, and spaniels) are also at a higher risk. Excessive panting is the first symptom of overheating. Other signs include glazed eyes, discolored gums, dizziness and lethargy.

So it’s really hot out but your dog needs exercise. What’s an owner to do? Dog daycare is an amazing way for your dogs to get the play they need when it’s too hot to be outside. At Dogtopia of Arcadia our spacious indoor air conditioned playrooms are really indoor dog parks with individual climate-controlled HVAC systems to keep the air clean and fresh, while keeping your pup cool during play and nap time. There’s always plenty of water for hydration and along with exercise they’ll get much-needed socialization with their canine pals all while being watched over by our certified Canine Coaches. And that’s a winning combination no matter what the thermometer says.