Is it too Hot to Walk Your Dogs?
Summertime, When temperatures are consistently over 90 degrees with humidity in the 70s or 80s, it makes going outside a very arduous chore. But when you have a puppy, it is a necessity to get them out and to exercise. So I want to share some tips with you on how to get your puppy the exercise he needs when it is too hot to go outside!
It suggests as a rule of thumb to put your hand on the pavement for seven seconds before heading outside with your dog. If it’s too hot for your hand, then it’s also too hot for paws.
You are taking a walk in the early morning or after the sun sets can also ensure cooler temperatures and a safer situation for your dog.
If you do need to go out while it’s still hot, try and walk in the grass as much as possible. You can also invest in a good pair of dog booties to keep your pet’s paw’s safe or use a topical product to toughen up their paws.
And pay attention to your pooch. If your furry pal seems uncomfortable or is unusually on your walk, you might need to relocate to a cooler spot.
Just like you and I can get sunburns or even suffer heat stroke when it gets too hot outside, a dog can experience anything from mild discomfort to more extreme symptoms from overheating when the weather’s not cooperative.
Dogs who are exposed to high temperatures for long periods are at risk of dehydration and overheating, which can lead to more serious problems like “heat exhaustion, heat stroke or sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias,” according to the Animal Health Foundation of the American Kennel Club.
Your dog’s paws are in special danger in the summer heat due to the dramatic difference between air temperature and ground temperature. Many pet owners assume dog paws are tougher than they are because dogs spend their lives walking around on various surfaces to roughen them up, but that isn’t the case.
Paw pads do provide some insulation against extreme weather conditions, of course, and dogs that spend more of their time outside or walking on rough surfaces will have tougher pads than those that spend most of their time on smooth surfaces like hardwood floors. But even work dogs are susceptible to injuries caused by walking on hot surfaces, as their padding is not nearly enough to protect them from the kind of heat they can experience on summertime walks.
Burned paws can be incredibly painful for your pup and can lead to blisters, cracking or even missing pieces of the paw pad, so it’s important to consider the weather and walking surface before talking your pet out.
Void walking your dog at the hottest times of the day. The temperature tends to be l.ower early in the morning or later in the evening. Of course, if it’s an exceptionally hot day, it still might be too hot, so play it by ear. If you do go out, make sure your dog has shade to cool off in. Take plenty of fresh drinking water out with you Dog having a drink Drink up, little pup Your dog will get super thirsty – take out lots of fresh drinking water with you. You can even get collapsible water bowls to stash in your bag.
Be careful of sunburn. Lighter colored dogs are particularly susceptible to sunburn, especially on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Keep your dog indoors from 11 am-3 pm (the sun’s strongest hours) or pop a tee-shirt on your pooch before you go walkies. Non-toxic human suncream can be applied to dogs, as can special pet sun cream. Check the temperature of the pavement Dog walking on hot pavement.. How are those pads, hun?
If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Don’t put dog boots on to combat this – paw pads need to breathe as they help to cool your dog down. Go easy. If you usually take your dog out for a run, maybe chill out a bit. Just as you likely find it tougher exercising in hotter weather, your dog does too – but the big difference is that your dog can’t sweat to cool itself down. Your furry friend might still be up for exerting themselves, but you have to take a human parent stand here and say, ‘Sorry buddy, this is for the best.