We are lucky to have it sunny and hot all year round in Puerto Vallarta, but for our local pups it is very important not to forget that the same rules apply to them all year here, as for dogs during high summer in other parts of the world:
•Don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement when the sun is high. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation to burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.
Apply the 5 second rule: Place the back of your hand on the asphalt, if you can´t hold it there for 5 seconds, it´s too hot for your dog´s paws too.
• Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin, the dog needs one-inch of protection to avoid getting sunburned.
• Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water.
• Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle the dog because it inhibits their ability to pant.
• Many dogs enjoy a swim in the ocean or river, splashing in a wading pool, that can help bring body temperatures down.
• Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you park in the shade.
If you are interested in visiting our state of the art sanctuary outside of town, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour. Tours leave from the Costco parking lot only on Thursdays during low season and reservations are required.
You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/home or on Facebook.