Ouch, ouch, ouch, remember how your feet were burning!?
Or when you stepped outside, barefoot, on a hot summer day, and had to race across the blacktop because your feet were literally on fire from the sun-baked aslphalt.
Well, try to remember those times when you are out walking your pooch on a hot summer day!
Their little paws can get burned too!
With asphalt temperatures rising as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit during sun-soaked days, finding sidewalk alternatives for Fido’s walk is imperative. In fact, the Journal of American Medical Association notes that at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, damage can happen in as little as sixty seconds. In the event that the sidewalk is your only option, you’ll want to take other precautions to ensure pad safety, but more on that in a bit. First… Via blog.wondercide.com
Here are some quick tips for what you can do to test the temp under your pup’s paws!
- Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it there for at least five seconds, it’s too hot!
- Another thought, if you can’t walk barefoot, neither can your pup!
- Take them to the park, and walk in the nice cool grass!
- Walk your pup during the coolest parts of the day, early morning or later at night.
- Some people use doggie booties to keep their pups paws safe!
Remember, even a short period of high heat on your pups paws can lead to damage, so please be mindful of hot summer walks.
And of course, when it comes to pugs, they are extra, overly sensitive to heat. Being brachycephalic, they are unable to get rid of hit like their furry friends with longer snouts!
Enjoy your pups!