Is It Too Hot to Walk the Dog?

Hot asphalt It may not yet be officially summer according to the meteorologists, but I always think of Memorial Day as the start of the season. We’ve had a few hot days here in Canton, Ohio, already, so this reminder seems timely.

If you put the back of your hand on the asphalt and can’t leave it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.

Of course, hot asphalt isn’t the only consideration. Older dogs have trouble just breathing hot, humid air, as do overweight dogs and those who have smushed-in faces like Pugs.

If you do decide to go for a walk in hot weather, remember to pre-hydrate with a long drink before you leave, take water with you for both you and your dog, and make fresh, cool water available after the walk. A kiddie pool in the back yard makes for a great after-walk cool-down.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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