Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog?
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.