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Advice on Protecting Pets from Heat and Ensuring Their Well-being

HUNTSVILLE, TX — As the summer heat intensifies, Stephanie Vallie of Magnolia Kennel in Huntsville, TX, emphasizes the importance of dog safety during the hottest months of the year. With over 26 years of experience operating Magnolia Kennel, Vallie offers practical advice to help pet owners keep their dogs safe and comfortable.

“Dogs feel a lot through their pads, so anytime they are on a hot surface, it’s like two or three times worse than it is for us,” Vallie explains. She advises dog owners to use the palm test: “Take the palm of your hand and place it on the pavement. If you can’t stand it for five to ten seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.”

Vallie also recommends using safety booties for dogs that must be walked on hot surfaces. “In working dogs, leather-bound mittens or booties are used to protect their feet,” she says. “It’s important to consult with your veterinarian for the best options.”

The dangers of heat extend beyond hot pavement. Dogs can suffer from heat stroke and burns, particularly when left in the beds of pickups or walked during peak heat hours. Vallie stresses, “Always be cautious about the surfaces your dog’s feet come into contact with, and limit their time outside during extreme temperatures.”

In addition to surface safety, Vallie highlights the risks of rapid cooling and water consumption for dogs. “When a dog is overheated, don’t give them cold water immediately or douse them with cold water. It’s best to provide lukewarm water and use wet towels under their legs to cool them down slowly,” she advises.

Understanding breed-specific needs is also crucial. “Breeds like Great Pyrenees have coats that act as insulation against both heat and cold,” Vallie notes. “Each breed has unique requirements, so it’s essential to be aware of your dog’s specific needs and consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian.”

For pet owners planning vacations, Vallie urges them to make kennel reservations early and ensure their pets’ vaccinations are up-to-date. “During emergencies, like recent floods, it’s critical to have your pets’ shots current because no kennel will accept unvaccinated dogs, even in an emergency,” she emphasizes.

Vallie encourages pet owners to use the online reservation system to ensure timely bookings and adequate care for their pets.

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While Vallie offers valuable advice, she is not a veterinarian. For any health-related questions or concerns, it is highly recommended to consult with a licensed veterinarian.

This educational article is made possible by Magnolia Kennel. Magnolia Kennel, situated in the scenic city of Huntsville, Texas, specializes in providing top-tier dog boarding services. This facility is renowned for its dedication to ensuring a comfortable and secure environment for dogs while their owners are away. Attention to detail and a commitment to the highest standards of care define their approach, making Magnolia Kennel a trusted choice for pet owners. For more information or to book a stay for your dog, please visit Magnolia Kennel’s website at

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