Q. I am currently staying at a resort with my son for.his bday. I am disabled and my dog is my service animal. The front desk is adamant that my dog b down at the water park, 113 degrees, not in the water, but on the concrete brick ground

Sat, Jul 8, 2023

I am currently standing at the resort for my son's birthday. I have stayed here numerous times but i'm not had any problems with my dog, but this time i'm having an issue. The front desk lady saying that my dog has got to be with me at all times that includes at the water park.
My concern is that it's been a 110 to 115° outside hes not allowed in the water and the concrete will literally burn his feet. I mean, you cannot go out there without shoes on it, will blister your feet in a heartbeat.
I am disabled and my dog is my service animal .
Is it safe for my knuckles to be out there in 110-115 Degree heat while i enjoy the annemities of the resort.
My dog NEVER leaves my side.
And if it was a private pool, he'd b getting sprayed w the hose or jumping jn or out.... or inside!!

I never leave my dogs side.
But Is it safe for me to expect him to sit out in this heat, while I monitor my son play. (The whole reason I paid 350 a night for this place. Its the only reason we ckme here. The water park)
Idk what to do!!
Is this issue normal or not?

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I understand your concerns about your dog's well-being in the hot weather at the resort. Exposing your dog to extreme temperatures can lead to various health issues, including heatstroke and burns on the paw pads.

Firstly, let's discuss the potential risks of your dog being on the concrete ground in temperatures ranging from 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Concrete can retain heat and become significantly hotter than the ambient temperature. Walking on such hot surfaces can cause burns and blisters on your dog's paw pads, which are sensitive and not meant to withstand extreme heat. These injuries can be quite painful and may require medical attention.

Secondly, the high ambient temperature itself can lead to heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Dogs are more prone to heatstroke due to their limited ability to regulate body temperature through sweating. Heatstroke is a serious condition that can cause organ damage and be life-threatening if not promptly addressed.

Considering your situation, it would be best to avoid subjecting your dog to these extreme temperatures for an extended period. Here are some steps you can take to help keep your dog safe:

1. Explain your concerns regarding the high temperatures and the potential harm it can cause to your dog. Request accommodations that prioritize your dog's well-being, such as providing shaded areas or allowing your dog to stay in a cooler environment while you enjoy the water park.

2. Plan outdoor activities during cooler hours: If possible, schedule your son's playtime at the water park during the early morning or late evening when temperatures are lower. This way, you can minimize your dog's exposure to excessive heat.

3. Provide shade and water: If your dog must be outside for a short period, ensure there is ample shade available. Additionally, make sure your dog has access to fresh, cool water to prevent dehydration.

4. Protect the paw pads: Consider using protective booties designed for dogs to shield their paw pads from the hot surface. These can provide a barrier between your dog's feet and the scorching concrete.

If your dog shows any signs of distress, such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or collapsing, it is crucial to seek immediate veterinary attention. These could be indications of heatstroke, and prompt medical intervention is necessary to prevent further complications.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.