Summer Pet Safety: Steer Clear of Asphalt

July 27, 2016

Walking your dog is wonderful activity for you both. Your pet gets exercise and companionship, along with seeing the world and preventing boredom. But in the summer, try to avoid walking your dog on asphalt. Here’s how air and asphalt temperatures compare on a warm, sunny day:

Air Temp

Asphalt Temp

77 degrees = 125 degrees
86 degrees = 135 degrees
87 degrees = 193 degrees

Summer Pet Safety: Steer Clear of AsphaltDogs release heat through their feet, so walking on hot surfaces prevent their body from cooling. At 125 degrees fahrenheit, skin destruction starts to occur within 60 seconds.

To beat the heat, try exercising your dog early in the morning or late at night. We also want to highlight two other walking tips Cesar Milan provides in his article “10 Essential Summer Tips from Cesar:”

Use doggie boots. You can find these at your local pet supply store. If you can’t walk your dog during the early and later hours of the day, this is a good way of protecting him. Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. Just like boots prevent the dog from absorbing the cold in the winter, they also isolate heat.

Let your dog check the weather. Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel, so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Instinctually, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it’s safe.

Avoid asphalt this summer and help your dog keep cool!

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