Dogs at the Market



Under the provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, it is stated that “customers shall not bring any live animals into any food facility”. We ask you to respectfully comply by not bringing your dog or other pets to the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market. Exceptions: Guide dog for the blind / Signal Dog for the Deaf / Service Dog for the Disabled or Handicapped

Hot Asphalt Awareness – Keep Your Pets Safe At Home, While You Enjoy The Hillcrest Farmers Market

Guide dog is helping a blind man in the city

At the Hillcrest Farmers Market, we love good healthy locally grown food, happy farmers, AND our pets! However, we have seen the number of injured pets increase substantially over the past couple of weeks. Our market is open 9am-2pm- during the hottest times of the day.  It is best to leave your pet at home.  It is also important to remember that the San Diego health codes ban pets AND emotional support animals within 20 feet of any food booth. Let’s work together so everyone has a good experience at the market, and so that our pets stay safe and cool!


Service animal owners and handlers have been trained and know the signs of danger in order to prevent a health crisis for their trained service animal.  Service animals have been trained with a handler and can perform specific tasks when asked to do so by the Health Department or San Diego Police. Often times service animals have been matched to their specific handler.   However, the pets we have seen in distress, have not been trained services animals. They have also not been under the control and supervision of trained handlers. If your animal is a pet or emotional support animal – it is best to leave them at home.

Pets and emotional support animals ARE NOT trained service animals. They also don’t always understand how they should respond to in large crowds when people and kids may want to touch them.  They may become frightened, or worst- they could bite someone. Pets and emotional support animals are not always trained to stay away from random food or unsafe water sources.  They may also take shade under cooking equipment- unaware of what is around them.   So while we strive to keep a harmonious shopping and working environment for our vendors and our guests, it’s important to know when you should keep your pet or emotional support animal at home — for your pet’s own safety and our guests.

During the hottest times of the year, or around large crowds- it’s also important to also be honest with yourself and your reason for bringing your pet to the market, or anywhere that you can not provide shade, water or a cool place for your pet or emotional support animal to lay down.

Always ask yourself: “How long will I be away home?  Is it safe to bring my pet? Does my pet jump, lick, or is my pet aggressive towards strangers or other animals? Is my pet current on all vaccinations and city/licenses?”


If your dog accidentally gets a paw pad burned, there are a few things you can do to help your pet survive.  We are not experts and these suggestions should NEVER replace expert or your vet’s advice. And remember- as always- check with your vet if you see any blisters or raw pads, or if you see signs that your pet is suffering.

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A shooting shot. Accident on a walk in town with a dog. The dog


  • Try to only walk your dog before 10:30 am or after 6 pm.
  • Determine if the sidewalk or street is too hot by firmly placing the back of your hand on the surface for at least seven seconds.  If it is too hot for you- it is too hot for your pet.
  • Avoid walking your pet along routes that do not provide adequate shade. Look for grassy areas if you can not avoid walks during the hottest part of the day – 10:30am-6pm.
  • Purchase a pair of booties to protect your pet’s paws. Make sure they fit correctly and only use them if you must walk your dog.  Remember to keep them off hot surfaces, even with the booties.


  • Clean your pet’s paws off with a mild antibacterial soap and water rinse. Carefully dry your dog’s paws with a dry, clean paper or cotton towel.
  • You can use the spray Bactine on the paws to help prevent any infections and to also help numb any tenderness in the pads.
  • Use a self-adhering sports wrap to cover the sore paw pads and to prevent licking. You can also use a new pair of baby socks to cover your dog’s paws too.
  • If your dog has visible open wounds on their pads you should take them to the vet for proper treatment that may require a prescription antibiotic to prevent any infections.