As the temps get nicer and summer starts in the QC it's important to remember that even though you get to wear shoes on that steaming hot pavement, your dogs don't! Contrary to popular belief, dogs' paws can be very sensitive and are susceptible to burns during these scorching summers. Lucky for you, there are some easy tips and tricks to help ensure that you and Fido can still safely get out for some exercise during those sunny days.

Let's keep our best friends safe this year!

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1. Walk during cooler times of the day. I know it can be hard if you're not a morning person but walking early in the morning before the sun has a chance to heat up the sidewalk can be super beneficial to you and your dog. Or, if you just can't bring yourself to stop hitting that snooze button, walking after sunset is a great alternative too. Walking on the pavement (when it's not too hot) can also help toughen up a dog's paws making them less susceptible to burns, kind of like a callus on your hand!

2. Find alternative places to walk that don't include paved sidewalks. Exercising your dog doesn't have to mean doing anything specific, as long as you're out and moving, it counts. That being said, consider taking your dog out on the trails, to a nice shady park, or the dog park is a great alternative and your dog will love that you're switching up the routine.

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3. Education is key. Unfortunately with these high temps heatstroke is more of a risk factor for dogs and it's important to know the signs so you can act quickly. The Humane Society states that the symptoms can include "heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness."  If you start to notice any of these signs, move your dog to an airconditioned area and apply ice packs and/or wet towels, provide ample water, and take your furry friend directly to a veterinarian.

Have a great summer Quad Cities!

Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This insane home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4-car garage, an in-ground pool with a 97-foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more.
Troy and Tina Sieverding are the owners of the incredible home. You would find this listing on the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website, but the site is down. After a follow-up, they told us the house is back on the market and at a lower price of $2.299 million. Those interested in their home can get more information by emailing the Sieverdings.
See what this gorgeous, $2.299 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below.

What To Expect For Quad Cities Play Station 2022

The Play Station is a newer attraction in the Quad Cities, but families have already fallen in love with the roughly year-old amusement park! Owner Nick Edwards was excited to share what the future of the QC Play Station.

"We have lots of exciting things in the pipeline for our Quad Cities Location. The entire facility is currently getting an entire makeover which began earlier this year."

You can keep updated with their plans on the Play Station - Quad Cities Facebook page.

 

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