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How Hot is Too Hot for my Dog to Walk on Pavement?


Have you ever wondered if the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws?  Summer is here and it is more important than ever to keep our pets safe from the hazards of hot weather.  Did you know that pavements can get so hot that your dog’s paws can burn and have skin destruction in just one minute?  Pavements get so hot from soaking up and retaining heat from the sun.  Pavement can reach a scalding 147⁰ F when the mercury hits 87⁰ F outside.  Skin destruction can occur in just one minute at 125⁰ F.  Keep in mind an egg can fry at 131⁰ F in just five minutes!  Asphalt is not the only surface to be concerned with either.  According to a certain university study, artificial grass was shown to be hotter than asphalt in all their studies (Harrison, 2018).

The 7 Second Test

So how do you know when pavement is too hot for your pet’s paws?  We recommend the 7 second test.  Place the back of your hand on the pavement for 7 seconds.  If you struggle to hold your hand down for 7 seconds, then it’s too hot to walk a dog on it.

The following are recommendations for keeping your pet’s paws safe this summer:

  • Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Keep to natural grass for your walk.
  • Use the 7 second rule to test the temperatures of asphalt.
  • Invest in a pair of booties to protect your dog’s paws from burning. 

Following these simple rules can keep your dog’s paws safe from burns this summer!  If you have any questions about the health of your dog’s paws or need a doctor to examine your dog’s paws for possible burning, call our office for an appointment today at 812-246-6146.

References

Harrison, L. (2018, June 29). vets-now.com/2017/06/never-walk-dogs-hot-asphalt-tarmac-pavements-artificial-grass/. Retrieved from VetsNow: http://vets-now.com


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