Hot dogs

The summer heat, water hazards present problems for pooches

Dogs feel the relentless midsummer sun, too. And they don’t cool down as easily as humans—meaning they’re susceptible to heat exhaustion, burnt paw pads and potentially deadly heat stroke. There are water dangers as well, especially in Bidwell Park. According to a press release from the city of Chico, park rangers have responded to several incidents this summer in which dogs died from water hazards and heat-related illnesses. If you take your dog to the park when it’s hot, keep these tips in mind:

• Bring extra water just for Fido.

• Take plenty of breaks, try to stay in the shade and keep track of how long you’re in the heat.

• If a surface is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

• Dogs are allowed in Big Chico Creek—on a leash—but not in Upper Park’s major swimming holes.

• Choose a level access point where your dog can easily enter and exit the water, and stay away from swift-moving sections.