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Scottsdale firefighters rescue dog on desert trail, offer pet advice

Posted 9/22/22

Scottsdale Fire Department’s technical rescue teams on Wednesday afternoon rescued a dog that was showing signs of heat exhaustion from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.

The woman was hiking …

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FIRST RESPONDERS

Scottsdale firefighters rescue dog on desert trail, offer pet advice

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Scottsdale Fire Department’s technical rescue teams on Wednesday afternoon rescued a dog that was showing signs of heat exhaustion from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.

A woman was hiking on the trail with two dogs at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and was about three-quarters of the way from the trailhead, firefighters said.

Diego, a 125 German shepherd, was showing signs of heat exhaustion when paramedics arrived.

They started cooling down and rehydrating the animal and carried him down a steep part of the trail. The hiker and dogs were taken off the trail in a UTV.

“Diego was doing much better after five bottles of water. He got into the car under his own power,” the fire department stated on it social media site.

Firefighters offered these reminders about pets and the heat:

Do’s

  1. Verify the weather before walking a dog outside. Try to avoid walking a dog mid-day when it’s the hottest. Before 10 a.m. and after 5-6 p.m. are best. Try and limit animals’ exercise if it’s above 85 degrees.
  2. Check the sidewalk or asphalt temperature. If it is too hot to the touch, it’s too hot for paws.
  3. Provide shade for outdoor pets.

Don’ts

  1. Don't leave animals in a hot car. It can be fatal.
  2. Don't leave dogs outside in the summer heat. Not only can their skin burn in the heat, but it can become dehydrated and suffer heatstroke. Never leave animals outside in the heat for more than 30 minutes at a time if possible.
  3. Do not forget to give pets plenty of water before leaving the house.