The picture was published on the Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness Facebook page along with the following message:
“This is what happens when a dog is walked on surfaces that are too hot! So folks, always check the sidewalk or road—if it’s too hot for you, it’s definitely too hot for your pets!”
But how do you know how hot is too hot?
Moon Valley Canine Training has come up with a good way to determine if pavement is too hot for your dog. Touch the back of your hand to the ground. Can you hold it there for five seconds without burning yourself? If not, it’s too hot for your dog, too!
Although you might live somewhere that doesn’t get too hot, it’s important to remember that asphalt gets hotter than air. So if you’re unsure about walking on pavement, walk on grass instead.
Still, if you must walk on pavement, remember that you can buy your dog special shoes to protect it from the heat.
And if you bring your dog to the beach, always check the sand first. Don’t just feel the surface—check a centimeter under the sand. On a windy day, the surface can feel cooler than the sand just beneath it.
And don’t forget to give your dog plenty of water to drink!
Please share this information with all dog owners in your life!
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