Like human, dogs can suffer from heat, especially since they sweat very little, making it difficult to cool their bodies. But what is less known is that, during periods of heat, dogs run a real danger during their daily walks. The reason ? Bitumen that can reach extreme temperatures.
60 ° C on the ground
Few teachers are aware of the burns that a simple city sidewalk can cause to their dog’s legs until it happens to them. Indeed, as soon as the air temperature reaches 25 ° C , the bitumen starts to heat up to sometimes reach 60 ° C during the hot weather. However, a temperature of 50 ° C is enough to literally melt the pads of a dog , and in just a minute … The danger is there.
Note that the same principle is to apply to sand . When it is hot, it can become literally hot. You have probably already experienced it during your trips to the beach. You know, when walking on the sand to walk the distance between you and the water (or the donut seller) turns out to be a real torture …
If your dog has burned legs after walking on a hot surface, it is advisable to go to a veterinarian immediately!
How to prevent your dog from getting burned?
As we have seen, walking on a hot floor with your dog is anything but a good idea.But you have to take it out, will you say to me! Obviously, but in this case it is better to prefer grassy areas or shaded paths to paved roads.
In addition, opt for outings in the morning before 10 am , when the sun has not yet had time to heat the concrete. Buying special shoes can also be a solution to protect your dog’s paws.
And if you have a doubt about the temperature of the ground and the danger of getting your dog out, it’s simple: go barefoot or put the palm of your hand on the asphalt. If the soil is too hot for you, it will be too hot for your dog!.
Some surfaces heat more than others in the sun, such as asphalt and bitumen.When the sun beats, they can quickly reach 50 °, causing burns to the pads. If possible, we advise you to always favor the lawns and natural paths so that your dog does not burn the paws. Similarly, choose shaded paths as much as possible.
Evaluate the heat of the sidewalk
However, in most urban areas, green corners are scarce. Fortunately, there is a way to check if the sidewalk you are taking is a hazard to your hairball: place the palm of your hand on the floor in question. If you can not leave it that way for more than 5 seconds in a row, then consider that the surface is too hot for your dog to walk around.