Tips for hiking with your dogs

Dogs are subject to Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke that can lead to an Emergency Situation and Possible Death.


  • Water and rest your dog frequently
  • Take advantage of shade and pools of water for cooling
  • Cool dog pads when possible


  • Vigorous panting
  • Some dogs have a dry tongue
  • Flushed and red tongue and gums
  • Flushed and red skin on inside of ears
  • Weakness
  • Staggering
  • Loss of consciousness

Be aware that the air temperature can dramatically increase (up to 20 degrees or more) as you hike up the trail due to the lack of shade or water. Dogs cool themselves by panting. If the air is hot, your dog is hot. Many dogs will go until they drop.

What to Do

  • Move dog into shade
  • Cool body by wetting trunk and legs with cool (not cold) water
  • Fan if possible
  • Give cool water but restrict amount
  • Seek Veterinary attention immediately
  • Continue to cool dog to normal temperature

Dogs that are especially at risk:

  • Dogs with double coated hair
  • Older dogs
  • Dark colored dogs
  • Overweight dogs
  • Dogs with “pug” noses
  • Dogs with heart or lung disease

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