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Hot Asphalt and Pets

Hot Asphalt and Pets

Taking your pet for a walk is part of many people's daily routines. This routine however can be dangerous on hotter days. Did you know that when it's sunny out the ground is even hotter? It can get hot enough to burn your pup's paws! Many people don't realize the difference between the air temperature and the asphalt temperature. Here is a chart to help put it into perspective: 

(graphic by autumnwood pet care)

A good rule of thumb is to put the back of your hand to the pavement and see if you can hold it there for five seconds. If you can't. then it's too hot for your dog's feet! If you're still worried for your dog's feet walking on the grass can be a good option during those necessary potty breaks. 

If you really want to go on your daily walk plan your route for either early in the morning or at night. But remember, the pavement takes longer to release the heat than the air so always check the ground to ensure your pet's safety! 

We hope you keep up the walks and enjoy this gorgeous weather we're having! 

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