July 28, 2015
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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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