Thursday, August 14, 2014

Start Your Week Off With Some Spice!

It's been too long since we have seen our members so we hope you all can join us August 18th at Fernando's Mexican Cuisine just off the Katy Trail!

Fernando's will graciously be serving up one frozen margarita and chips and salsa to Friends of the Katy Trail members. Dress cool and casual because we will be out on the patio and be sure to RSVP to

Member Social
Fernando's Mexican Cuisine
4514 Travis Street, Suite 201
5pm - 7pm

We're also firming up details on our September member events including a yoga class at Vital Fitness and a North Texas Giving Day celebration at the Katy Trail Ice House. If you aren't sure if your membership is current, but don't want to miss out on all the fun; contact our office and we will help you out. We can be reached at 214.303.1180 or email our Membership and Marketing Director at

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We're Raffling off a Plasma TV!

 Buy Raffle Tickets

Our neighbors at Starpower have graciously given us a 51 inch Samsung Plasma TV to raffle off at the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K! Raffle tickets are on sale now and the more you buy - the more you save!

1 for $10
2 for $20
5 for $40 
10 for $85

Not participating in the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K? No problem - you don't have to be present to win. Although we will announce the winner during the event, we will notify our big winner via email following the event on June 12th. Tickets will be available for purchase online through noon on June 11th. They can also be purchased at the Friends of the Katy Trail booth at the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K by cash or credit card.

Tickets are no longer available online, but they can be purchased at the Friends of the Katy Trail tent at the Katy Picnic tomorrow. Winner will be announced around 8:30pm. You do not need to be present to win.

Thank you Starpower for supporting Friends of the Katy Trail! Proceeds from this raffle will go right back in to maintaining the Katy Trail to keep in such great shape for everyone to enjoy!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Safety and Membership Drive - Saturday March 29th!

Spring is here! With that warmer weather comes more people on the Katy Trail and we ask that you all be good stewards by staying safe and respecting your fellow trail users.

On March 29th we will have a Safety Drive on the Katy Trail to educate our trail users and promote safe habits on and off the trail. Stop by and see us - we will be at Snyder's Union from 9am-2pm.. We will have fun activities for the kids like face-painting and the chance to ride along with Highland Park Police Officer Lance Koppa on the Katy Trail at 10am and 11am. And for you adults we will be raffling off gift cards to Luke's Locker and giving away Katy Trail gear.

Special thanks for our partners in this event:
Bicycles Plus
Bike DFW
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

In the meantime, some good tips to remember are:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Art Contest for Kids!

We're holding an art contest and the winning pieces will be displayed on the Katy Trail! This month we are focusing on Katy Trail safety and we want all ages to get involved. Talk to your kids about what it means to be safe on the trail and then have them portray their safety ideas in a drawing and send it our way. Text with safety slogans are encouraged - here are some helpful reminders:


Then send photo or scan of your child’s safety themed image to us at We will select winners from four categories: grades K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th.  Not only will your child’s artwork be on display in front of thousands at our Membership and Safety Drive on March 29th, but we will also hook them up with some pretty cool Katy Trail gear and a Katy Trail Kids annual membership. See the full details here. Entries must be received by 3/25 for consideration.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Member Social at Origin Kitchen and Bar!

Join your fellow Friends of the Katy Trail at Origin Kitchen and Bar Tuesday, February 25th for our first member social of 2014! Members will receive a complimentary cocktail and light appetizers will be passed. If you haven't been inside Origin in a couple months, you'll need to see their recently redone space. We hope to see you there!

Origin Kitchen and Bar
Tuesday, 2/25 from 5:00-7:00pm
4438 McKinney Avenue #150

To RSVP and/or check your member status, please email

Monday, January 27, 2014

Friends of the Katy Trail is on the Go!

We have made it easier for you to access our website anytime. This month we launched a mobile friendly website that will make navigating our site easier on your smartphones and tablets. Before the website was optimized it was difficult to read and fill out donation and registration forms, but with help from Interactive Mobile Concepts you can stay up to date on Katy Trail goodness wherever you are. So pick up your tablet or smartphone and check out our new look at now!

Patti Pettit, 2014 David Stocks Award Recipient

Friends of the Katy Trail Executive Director, Robin Baldock, present this year's David Stocks Award to Patti Pettit (right).

Each December we are honored with the task of presenting the David Stocks Award to a deserving volunteer at our year end board meeting. Named after our inaugural Executive Director, the David Stocks Award is presented to someone who has exemplified outstanding service to the Friends of the Katy Trail and we are delighted to announce that our latest recipient is former Board Member, Patti Pettit.

If you have attended one of our member events, then you have likely met Patti. She has lovingly been dubbed our cheerleader due to her positive attitude and warm, welcoming demeanor.  But don’t let that sweet disposition fool you, Patti is a real go-getter. Although due to other ventures, Patti was only able to serve on our board for one year, she accomplished so much in that short time. As chair of our Membership Committee she brought so many new faces to our organization and worked to bring events to our members each month instead of each quarter. She has secured more member perks than anyone in our organization and built many new corporate relationships as well.

Although Patti is no longer on our board she has a passion for the Katy Trail and will work to better the trail and our organization for many years to come. We congratulate Patti on being this year’s David Stocks award recipient and wish her well in her new endeavors.

Huddleston Sculpture and Dedication

Artist Michelle O'Micheal explains her artistic vision to guests at the Huddleston Sculpture Dedication

By now you have surely noticed the new piece of artwork installed on the trail near mile marker 107. The piece, “Steel Remembers” was created by artist Michelle O’Michael through private donations to honor the memory of Lauren Huddleston, the young woman who tragically lost her life on the Katy Trail in 2010. The sculpture design was based on a DNA strip to signify healthy living centered around a curved pole pointing to the heavens showing the journey of Lauren’s soul.

Friends and family of Lauren commissioned both the sculpture and installation on the Katy Trail and a formal dedication was held in late September at the Katy Trail Ice House. The dedication was attended by many of Lauren’s family and friends who helped make the sculpture possible. Lauren’s legacy will live on in other ways as well. She was an organ donor and her donor recipient attended the dedication along with his family. It truly was an inspiring and beautiful day.

“This sculpture is a celebration of the lives of all trail users, especially Ms. Huddleston,” said O’Michael and we couldn’t agree more. Not only is this a beautiful addition the Katy Trail, but we hope it serves as a reminder to all to be safe and mindful of others on the Katy Trail.

Uptown Dallas Supports the Katy Trail and Our Police Officers

Executive Director Robin Baldock, Police Officers Phil Misgrove and Rob Readdy and Membership and Marketing Director Lauren Whitson with new donated bikes.

Uptown Dallas has been longtime supporters of Friends of the Katy Trail and we recently honored them with their own mile marker engraved in the path. You will find them north of the mile marker 110 between the Lemmons.

For the past two years Uptown’s donations have gone to help fund our off-duty police officers.We spend more than $50,000 a year on off-duty police officer salaries to make sure peak hours and weekends are always covered. To have Uptown cover half the cost is a huge relief to our budget.

“The Katy Trail is such an important part of what makes Uptown so enjoyable, and enhancing public safety in the neighborhood is a major initiative for Uptown Dallas, Inc.  With that in mind, continuing our support of the bicycle police patrol on the Trail was a no-brainer”, says Amy Gibson, Executive Director of Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Uptown isn’t the only one giving our officers props lately. After an anonymous donor learned that the condition of our weekday officers bikes was less than ideal, he helped us purchase new ones. Our officers bike between 30 and 40 miles on the Katy Trail each day so it is crucial for them to have top notch equipment to better serve our trail users.

Safety is our number one priority on the Katy Trail and we are thankful to have such outstanding police officers monitoring the Katy Trail. They work long hours in all sorts of weather conditions to keep everyone safe. Next time you see them out on the trail let them know you appreciate their efforts.

Goal Surpassed for Annual Support Campaign

Each October, the Friends of the Katy Trail conducts an Annual Support Campaign to raise money for operations and ensure we meet our annual fundraising goal. This is one of the few times we ask supporters to give in addition to their membership. Our goal for 2013 was $150,000 which was up from $125,000 in 2012. A lofty goal considering the short 30 day timeline, but you all delivered and we not only met, but surpassed our goal making our 2014 Annual Support Campaign total $174,828! We are extremely grateful to have the support of so many families and businesses in our area.

Major support came from Trammel Crow Residential donating $25,000! Other top donors include Alamo Manhattan, Company Café, JLB, Hillwood, Katy Trail Ice House, Sarofim Realty and Westdale. Thank you banners are up along the trail recognizing individual donors that gave $1,000 or more and businesses that gave $5,000. Check them out and be sure to thank those you know for supporting the Katy Trail. To view a complete list of all of our major supporters click here.

Each year we are tasked with raising more than $650,000 to fund the electric and water bills, salaries for safety patrol officers, and maintenance and improvements for the Katy Trail.  With over 20 acres of trail to landscape, fertilize and preserve these funds are dire to keeping the trail safe, beautiful and clean. We are grateful for such a giving community who believe in the Katy Trail and hope to see it continue to flourish in years to come.

Ways to continue to support the Katy Trail in 2014:

Trammell Crow Residential Hosts Annual Better Best Event

Our annual Better Best event, which honors our top donors, was hosted by Trammell Crow Residential at Old Parkland on November 14th. All members who give at the Better Membership level of $500 and above are invited to hear the latest news on the Katy Trail and most importantly, it’s a chance for our staff and board to personally thank donors for their support. The event was chaired by former board member and current membership committee member Pat Snoots who has worked with us on the event for several years. Other notable attendees include Bobby Snyder, Stacey and Arnie Verbeek and Sarah and Jim Hutcheson.

Trammell Crow Residential has been long time supporters of the Katy Trail and with their current development in the works off the Katy Trail at ‘Goat Hill’ it was a perfect time to partner with them on this event. We are extremely grateful to TCR for inviting us to celebrate with them at their beautiful venue and we appreciate their mindset to give back to the neighborhood treasure that is the Katy Trail. This past Annual Support Campaign Trammell Crow Residential donated $25,000.

We look forward to the Better Best cocktail event all year long and thank all those who were in attendance. Our donors are what makes the Katy Trail so special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all again soon.

Other Odds, Ends and Events

Our mailing address is changing. We will now be using our physical address for all mail. If you have a return envelope with our old address, it should be forwarded to us, but please take note that our new mailing address is:

5207 McKinney Avenue, Suite 19A
Dallas, TX 75205

We’re right off the trail on the north end. Stop by and see us sometime!

We know you’ve been dying to know and we are ready to tell you. Our 2014 Michelob Ultra Katy 5K will be held on Thursday, May 8th. Online registration will open March 1st so set your calendars because you know it will sell out!

Other member events:

February 25th - Member Social at Origin Kitchen and Bar
March 20 – Member Social at Mattito’s
March 29 – Membership and Safety Drive on the Katy Trail

Be sure to check out our Events page often for updates!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick Or Treat, Smell Our Feet, Give us an Annual Support Campaign Treat!

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Today is the final day of our Annual Support Campaign. We are so close to hitting our goal of raising $150,000 this month, but we still have about $7,000 to go. 

We rely on those who love and use the Katy Trail to take care of it. Tax dollars don't fund the Katy Trail - you do! GIVE BACK TODAY to keep it clean, safe and beautiful.

Your donation will help fund:
  • Off-duty police officers to patrol the trail
  • 3.5 miles of electric and water bills
  • Organic landscaping
  • Day to day maintenance for 20 acres of trail 
This is our LAST CALL for donations. If you haven't made your Annual Support Campaign gift already, today is the day to do it. 

Make sure the Katy Trail has a Happy Halloween and donate today!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Annual Support Campaign Kicks Off Today!

Dear Friends of the Katy Trail, 

Bring on the pumpkin lattes - October is here! And while you are busy planning for your fall festivities - we are gearing up to end our fundraising season with a bang. Each October, Friends of the Katy Trail conducts an Annual Support Campaign to make sure we don't only reach our fundraising goal for 2013, but that we surpass it to make the Katy Trail even better for you!

15,000 people use the Katy Trail each week and it is expensive to maintain. Your tax dollars don't go towards funding the Trail - that is why we rely on donations from all of you that love and use the trail. The Annual Support Campaign goal is to raise $150,000 this month. That may seem like a big number, but just think; if everyone who used the Katy Trail gave $10, we would reach our goal is one short week!

Even if you are already a donating member of Friends of the Katy Trail, please consider a little something extra this month. Every donation goes right back in to the Trail providing things like:

•Lights, we've got 3.5 miles of electricity bills to pay each month.
•And the same goes for water. Not just for you and your dog at the water fountains - the vegetation along the Trail needs to drink too.
•Off duty police officers to patrol the Trail, especially during peak hours and after dark.
•Organic landscaping for the 20+ acres of Trail.

Thank you for helping us keep the Katy Trail a clean, safe and beautiful transportational park! 

Happy Trails,
  lauren sig
  Lauren Whitson
  Membership and Marketing Director

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Social!

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, you helped us raise more than $23,000! We know we can top that this year, and to celebrate, we are throwing a party! Hop on the Katy Trail next Thursday and meet us at the Katy Trail Ice House! They will be graciously serving up cocktails and delicious bites for all of our Friends! The event is free, however we do recommend making a donation of $25 or more to support our North Texas Giving Day efforts. Donations can be made on September 19th at or we can help you make your gift at the event!

Thursday, September 19th
2 cocktails and bar bites provided

Even if you can't make the social, you can still GIVE on North Texas Giving Day! Donations of $25 or more made on September 19th through will be partially matched - your dollars will go farther!

North Texas Giving Day has been generating millions of dollars for North Texans over the years. With more than a million dollars up for grabs in matching funds this year alone - September 19th is the perfect day to give. The Katy Trail needs you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mark Your Calendars

North Texas Giving Day is coming up on September 19th! Last year, you all helped us raise more than $23,000 on North Texas Giving Day and we know we can do even better this year! Since its launch in 2007, North Texas Giving Day has generated more than 34 million dollars. All gifts of $25 or more made on September 19th will be partially  matched – your donation goes farther on September 19th!

And, we want YOU to help us celebrate. From 5-7pm we will celebrate North Texas Giving Day with a little happy hour at one of our favorites, Katy Trail Ice House! Guests will receive two complimentary cocktails and light food.  This event is open to non-members, however we ask everyone to consider a donation of $25 or more on North Texas Giving Day. If you don't get a chance to donate during the day, we will be able to assist you at the event. Please RSVP to Lauren Whitson if you can join us on September 19th.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Going Green to Save Your Green

You may be thinking there’s something a little different about us and you are right! In an effort to be environmentally conscience and to put more of your donated dollars back in to the Katy Trail, we have switched to an e-newsletter. We also thought this would be a good time to revamp our email layout to really complete the look. We are working hard to improve our communications on all levels and to keep our supporters better informed of our operations because after all, the trail runs on you!

What do you think? We always appreciate feedback so send us your thoughts at

Bidding Adieu to a Dedicated Volunteer

For many years there has been a quiet Trail user among us who has played a large role in the Katy Trail’s upkeep. Peyton Weaver has had a long standing passion for the Katy Trail and has worked hard in many arenas to better the Katy Trail for you.

Peyton has donated so much of his free time to the Katy Trail. For several years he stocked the dog waste bags along the Trail, he created flyers about membership and placed them along the Trail, has helped with set up for the Katy 5K and even helped our move unwanted bulky items out of our office.

Peyton has a heart for the Trail and we are sad to see him go. After 43 years in Dallas, Peyton will leave to be with family. We are extremely appreciative of all his hard work over the years and we wish him all the best.

 If you would like to get more involved with the Katy Trail, let us know.

Commitment Comes Rain or Shine for the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K!

A big thank you for all who braved the volatile weather and came out to sponsor, volunteer, donate and participate in our Michelob Ultra Katy 5K! This was the 15th annual Katy 5K which is our biggest fundraiser of the year bringing in over $200,000 for maintenance and operations.  Friends of the Katy Trail rely heavily on events to fund Trail upkeep and all who participate in the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K don’t just have a good time – they help the Trail!

For the past three years the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K has sold out with 5,000 participants and this year was no different. While we did have some no shows due to the earlier thunderstorms, the clouds parted ways and the sun began to shine 30 minutes before the event kicked off with the kids .5K (half a kilometer). Children up to 13 can participate; many run alongside their enthusiastic parents, and all receive a special medal when they cross the finish line.

At 7pm the 5K began outside Reverchon Park. The starting line was full of outrageous costumes, custom shirts with encouraging slogans and a team of runners dressed in blue and yellow running for Boston. The first runner to cross the finish line was Jacob Phillips with a time of 15:11 and that is when the real fun began. More than 50 restaurants came out to provide free food to all of our participants and of course, you could find a Michelob Ultra tent within a stones throw of just about anywhere in the park.  DJ Lucy Wrubel had people of all ages dancing throughout the park and so many of our sponsors had great games and giveaways for even more fun.

What keeps the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K thriving as great local event is the help from all of our sponsors. Whether it was a monetary donation or providing food and drinks to the thousands – we couldn't do it without them. Special thanks to our title sponsors Michelob Ultra and Ben E. Keith and other top sponsors including Luke’s Locker, American National Bank of Texas and Travis Walk/Terrace House.

See all participating sponsors and restaurants.

We are also fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers on our 5K Committee who start planning months in advance to ensure a successful event especially our fearless leaders, Co-Chairs Becky Frey, Matt Lucas and Paige Nash. Thank you for all you do!

Katy Trail Up for Adoption

Earlier this year we were approached by William Addy of ISN on how his company could do more for the Katy Trail. It all started back in October when Mr. Addy had donated to our Annual Support Campaign.  Several of his staff saw his name recognized on a thank you banner on the Trail and told him how much they appreciated his generosity. After realizing how many of his staff were avid Katy Trail users he knew he wanted the company to do more to not only benefit the Trail, but to also teach his staff the importance of community philanthropy.

After several discussions it was decided that ISN would the first organization ever to adopt a portion of the Katy Trail – mile markers 104-108 to be exact. Over the next 4 years ISN will donate to the Katy Trail to help maintain the area. Four signs have been installed between these mile markers to recognize the generous donation from ISN. We are grateful for ISN for this generous donation and hope that their initiative sparks interest from other businesses and donors to adopt their own portion of the Trail. For more information, please contact our office at 214.303.1180.

Beat the Heat

We all know that summers in Dallas are brutal. But, you and your dogs can still safely use the Katy Trail, you just have to be smart about it. Here are some good tips:

  • Stay hydrated before, during, and after your time on the Trail.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Bug spray is a good idea too.
  • Moderate your time on the Trail. That 3.5 mile run is harder on your body now that temperatures have soared.
  • If you are feeling over heated, run-down, or dizzy; take a time-out in the shade with some water.
  • Consuming alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can leave you dehydrated. Limit your intake 24 hours before prolonged activity in sun. 
  • Avoid too much sun - sunburns reduce your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Be a good steward on the Trail. If you see someone struggling or acting out of sorts, please offer assistance.
  • And as always, in case of emergency please call 911 and direct them to the nearest Trail mile marker.
One Katy Trail user has gone above and beyond. Sue Krider teamed up with Allie Beth Allman and Associates and donated 70 cases of water to the Trail. If you see the Katy Trail golf cart go by there is most likely water on board so feel free to ask. It was donated to help keep you cool!

You may have also noticed our signs along the Trail for our four legged Trail users. Dogs get hotter much faster than we do and their bodies aren’t able to cool down as quickly as ours. They don’t wear running shoes either so if the path is hot to the touch, it’s too hot for your dog. Dogs can't tell you when they are hot so please use caution when exercising your pet!

Support for Friends of the Katy Trail Rolls In

Each year the small staff of two at the Friends of the Katy Trail office is challenged to raise more than $600,000 to pay for all maintenance and improvements of the 3.5 mile hike and bike Trail. That money is raised through memberships and private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. This summer we have been fortunate to be the recipient of several gifts from generous neighbors in the community. In May, Preston Center Rotary Club granted the Friends of the Katy Trail $2,000 at their annual Charities Day. And just a few weeks ago, Uptown Dallas presented us with a check for $8,750 from money raised at their highly attended Celebrate Uptown.

Thank you to Preston Center Rotary Club, Uptown Dallas and all those who make donating the Friends of the Katy Trail a priority. The reason we have such an incredible resource in the heart of Dallas is because of you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Bicycle speed is a major safety concern on the Trail. Cyclists need to exercise restraint when using the trail, monitor their speeds and practice safe biking. 

New radar signs are being installed on the trail in two locations: near the Fairmount bridge and south of Blackburn.

Their purpose is to remind cyclist to keep their speeds down, be safe and share the trail with pedestrian foot traffic.

Please help us keep the trail safe for everyone to use!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We run on your donations. Show your love for the Katy Trail during the 2012 Annual Support Campaign. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

And the winner of the coveted 'The Greatest Taco' trophy, for participating restaurants in the Great Taco run, is: E Bar Tex Mex. 


Their Carnitas with chipotle crema & queso fresco was picked by participants and critics as the best!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Madi Gras 2012

Madi Gras 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art invites you to the Madi Gras 2012 - Saturday, February 25, 2 - 5 pm. A celebration of everything MADI including chefs creating MADI inspired appetitizers & desserts, artist led activities including MADI masks and hats for all ages and MADI Museum tours. Entertainment will be provided by Inner City All Stars and Exhibit Dance Collective you will share their rich New Orleans heritage and culture. 10 percent off membership at MADI Gras 2012.

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Sign at Snyder's Union

If you have been on the trail over the last 24 hours, you may know that we have a new directional sign at Snyder’s Union. Concrete is going to be poured next week to complete the design of the sign. Presently, there is an error on the signage. The sign company switched the directions, showing Knox and SMU on the south end of the trail and American Airlines Center and Thomsen Overlook on the north end. We are aware of the problem and wanted to inform you that it will be changed next week. The sign will be a nice addition once it is complete.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Membership Social on August 4th at Komali's

Please join us at our exclusive members-only happy hour on Thursday, August 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 at acclaimed chef Abraham Salum’s new restaurant, Komali, located at 4152 Cole Avenue, suite 106.

Patrons will enjoy samples of his award winning menu, which will include: cheese and poblano quesadillas, refried bean and chorizo sopes, chicken flautas with salsa verde, albondigas with pasilla sauce, tortas de milanesa, and cream of poblano and corn shooters.

A complimentary glass of wine, beer, or margarita will also be included.
Be sure to RSVP to if you plan to attend because space is always limited.

Not a Friend? Go to to join. Membership starts at $50 a year! This isn't the first social and it certainly won't be the last! Don't miss out!!

Beat the Heat

Hot, sticky, slow—and that's how you feel before you head out. Your run can feel twice as hard since your body tires faster in high heat. But that doesn't mean you have to swim all summer. Here's how to last longer when the mercury rises.

SET YOUR ALARM Sunrise is the coolest time of day, although it can also be the most humid. It will still be hot at sunset because the ground radiates accumulated heat.

GO TECH-Y Technical fabrics wick away sweat. Keep sun out of your eyes with a visor, not a hat, which traps heat.

DRINK UP Drink eight ounces of liquids before you head out and two to four sips of water every 15 minutes.

SLOW DOWN Every five-degree rise in temperature above 60° F can slow your pace up to 20 to 30 seconds per mile.

RUN IN WATER Substitute one weekly run with a pool-running session of the same duration. Use a flotation device and move your legs as if you were running on land.

COOL OFF On very hot days, run for eight to 15 minutes, then hose yourself off or jump in a pool for three to five minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Tips from Runner's Words Jeff Galloway

Don't Be Cruel, Keep Your Dog Cool

Don't be Cruel, Keep Your Pet Cool
Please keep an eye out for your pet. The weather is already near 100 degrees and during these hot and humid months pets can suffer from a condition known as hyperthermia or heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your pet absorbs an excessive amount of heat that they cannot properly dissipate. The symptoms you need to be aware of are:
• Vigorous panting
• Dark red gums
• Collapse/laying down and unwilling to get up
• Disorientation
• Vomiting/diarrhea
• A rectal temperature of 104 degrees or higher
• If you notice any of these symptoms please call your veterinarian immediately.
There are many ways to keep your pet safe and to prevent heat strokes. Here are a few things to remember:
• Puppies can't regulate body temperature as well as adult dogs. Your puppy can get overheated when exercising on a hot day so bring along plenty of water.
• Don't exercise your dog during the hottest parts of the summer.
• Watch for signs of heat stroke: excessive panting; noisy breathing;bright red gums and tongue; weakness and collapse
• If it is too hot for you to walk on the sidewalk concrete barefoot then it is too hot to walk your dog. The pads of their paws will burn.
• Walk your dog only early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set. Bring along water and make frequent water stops. Don't take long walks in the heat of the summer.
• Dogs cool themselves by panting and if the panting does not reduce the heat then the dog can have a heat stroke.
• Dogs get sunburned, especially dogs with short hair.
• Overweight and older dogs have more trouble in the hot days of summer
• Snub nose dogs have poor panting mechanisms and are more susceptible to being overcome by the heat.
• Panting does not cool your dog well when outside temperature and and body temperature are close to 103 degrees.
• Walk, don't run: In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late to save them. They can quickly become severely overheated, and an "exercise" session can turn into a medical emergency.