Summer Hiking Tips
Source: Santa Barbara City Fire Department
The City and County of Santa Barbara want to remind you to hike safely during the summer months. Follow these 5 tips for a safer, happier hike for you AND your canine companion:
1. Check the weather - If it's going to be really hot, hit the beach! Still interested in that hike? Then go early and beat the hotter part of the day. (And maybe leave Lassie at home)
2. Pick the Right Trail - Pick a trail that has shade, water and less elevation gain.
3. Take the essentials - A phone, water for you and your dog, and snacks. Remember to let a friend or family member know where you are going and stay hydrated and salty while on the trail.
4. Rest! - Stop for breaks for you AND your dog. Use this time to hydrate, snack, cool off and check your dog’s paws for thorns, grasses and other irritants.
5. Know the signs of heat stroke - You and your dog run the risk of a heat stroke if your core body temperature gets too high. Common signs of heat stroke in humans include:
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Disorientation and/or confusion
- Rapid/hard panting
- Rolling in dirt or digging in dirt to find cool earth
- Stopping often
- Dizziness and/or Vomiting
- Thick saliva, red tongue or white gums
STOP immediately if you or your dog have any of these signs. Rest and re-hydrate. If you are able, make your way slowly back to your car. Call 911 for medical emergencies.