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4 Tips for Staying at Kelowna Pet Friendly Hotels: How to Keep Fido Cool

July 28, 2015

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If you’re staying at one of the Kelowna pet friendly hotels in the area this summer, be sure to keep your dogs cool and protect them from the sun.

Taking your dog on summer holiday can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. Your pooch will thank you for sparing them a visit to the kennel, and with the availability of Kelowna pet friendly hotels, it makes travelling with your four-legged friend a lot easier.

However, whenever you’re travelling with a pet in the hot Okanagan sun, precautions need to be taken to ensure your dog doesn’t overheat. The news reports of pets being left inside of hot vehicles are becoming alarmingly familiar. With a little preplanning, these dangerous situations can be avoided

Here are some helpful pointers that’ll keep your dog well cared for during your trip.

 

1. Parking your Vehicle

If you need to pick up some snacks or beach towels, never leave your dog inside unattended, even for just a few minutes. A vehicle’s interior temperature can skyrocket if left in a hot parking lot, even if the windows are opened a crack.

Instead, consider these options:

  • Leave someone in the vehicle with your dog so you can keep the windows fully down (or even take the dog out of the car)
  • Have someone walk the dog to a shady area until you return
  • Leave the dog at whichever one of the Kelowna pet friendly hotels you’re staying at (just ensure they are kept in their crate or kennel)

 

2. Head to the Beach

Just like people, most dogs love the water. Even ones that don’t will begrudgingly go for a dunk to cool off on a hot day. If you happen to know people in the area who have waterfront, hit them up for a visit. If you don’t, there are a number of off-leash dog parks in Kelowna with access to water to help your canine companion beat the heat, including:

  • Enterprise Way Park (just a few blocks from the Best Western Kelowna Hotel)
  • Cedar Creek Park
  • Knox Mountain Park
  • Mission Recreation Park

Click here to download the Kelowna Dog Park Brochure.

In total, there are 118 dog-friendly parks around town, many with stands of trees and other shady places.

For some other attractions you and your pooch can enjoy, read: Pet Friendly Kelowna Hotels & Attractions for Your Pooch.

 

3. Exercise Early or Late

Whether it’s a hike, jog or walk, many dog owners love to exercise with their pets. It’s a great form of bonding, and it provides both participants with a much-needed workout.

However, with temperatures reaching the 30s as early as mid-morning in the Okanagan, it can be taxing on both humans and dogs to workout during the heat of the day. As an alternative, switch your routine to take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the morning and at night.

 

4. Check for Signs of Dehydration

Dogs can't sweat, so they cool off by panting instead. In extreme conditions, this sometimes isn’t enough and they’ll overheat as a result. Some of the signs you should look for include:

  • Lethargy
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Excessive panting/drooling
  • Dry gums, mouth and nose
  • Skin loses elasticity (i.e. it doesn’t fall back into place when pinched)

Upon noticing any of these signs, try to find a cool place and provide your dog with plenty of water.

 

Looking for Kelowna pet friendly hotels that provide great amenities for both you and your dog? BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offers a combination of quality rooms with stellar customer service for those on two legs and four. Call us to book your next stay to the Okanagan.


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