Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a nice walk with your favorite four-legged friend. Like most dog owners before heading out you probably grab a poop bag, a leash, and even some water then head out to enjoy a nice walk; without knowing it you might be putting your dog at risk of serious injury. Unlike you, they will be going on this walk barefoot, and even though their pads are tough, hot pavement can cause severe burns in minutes.
What may feel like a very comfortable air temperature may result in nearly double on the walking surface, 77 degrees can be 125 degrees on your dog’s paws. At that temperature, skin destruction can begin within a minute! A good rule of paw is to press the back of your hand against the ground for 7 seconds. If it is hot to your hand, it is too hot for your dog.
Here are 5 tips from a professional dog walker to help you enjoy walking your dog this summer and keeping them healthy.
Walk Your Dog When It is Cool
If you live in a hot state, you should walk your dog before 11 am or after 7 pm.
Walk Your Dog On The Grass
If you must take your dog for a mid-day walk, keep them on the grass; it is much cooler than concrete and asphalt.
Walk Your Dog In Shoes
There are several brands of dog shoes and booties on the market that can provide protection from extremely hot surfaces.
Cool Your Dog After The Walk
Apply cool water to their neck area and paws after the walk to cool them down.
Water Your Dog After The Walk
Make sure to have plenty of room tempurature water available for them to drink after the walk.
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Like most Americans, your family probably enjoys celebrating with fireworks, but they can be extremely upsetting for pets. Follow the pet fireworks safety tips below to make the Fourth of July enjoyable for the entire family.
Animal shelters around the country are overrun with lost pets frightened during the festivities. The Fifth of July is the busiest day of the year for most shelters.
If none of these tips work for your pet, ask your veterinarian about medications to alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety.
If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately and follow the rest of The HSUS’s advice for finding your pet.
If you find a lost pet, contact the owner on its tag, ask a veterinarian to scan it for a microchip or bring to the local animal shelter so it can be reunited with its family.