When the temperatures are sizzling, bringing your pup to the Market takes a little extra thought and preparation. We want ALL our visitors to enjoy the experience.
- TIMING: Come early when we first open before the day heats up too much. Temperatures often rise 10 degrees or more from 8 am to noon. The earlier you get there, the cooler it will be.
- HOT CARS: As with children, you should never leave your dog in the car on a hot day. It takes just minutes for the interior of a car to heat up to intolerable levels and put them in extreme distress or danger of death.
- WATER: Several of our vendors have water dishes set out and kept full for our furry friends at the Market. But it’s not a good idea to count on that. Bring water for your dog with you on hot summer days just in case.
- SHADE: Just as important is relief from the sun. Pay close attention to your canine companion’s comfort level and seek out some shade to give them a break from the intensity of direct sun as often as possible.
- PAWS: Tender pads on paws can easily burn on hot asphalt or concrete. Stick to the grass or the shade when you can, or protect paws with dog booties. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for theirs.
- HEATSTROKE: Know the signs of overheating (excessive panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, stupor, etc.); as well as what to do to cool your pet down if they are overheated. A cool wet cloth (not ice) placed on the back of the neck and/or the groin/belly will help cool an overheated dog.
- SAFE AT HOME: As much as your pup loves loves to come to the Market, sometimes it might be best to leave them at home on a super hot day. You can pick them up a treat to make missing their favorite outing not seem so bad.