It feels like summer is finally here for many of us. And that also means it's time to protect ourselves against harmful UV rays. Hats, sunscreen, and simply staying away from the sun are some of the ways to do so.
But while many of us are careful to protect ourselves and our children from the sun, we sometimes forget about our pets. Most dogs and cats have fur that protect their bodies from getting burned, but we must not forget their paws. Last summer, an American veterinary clinic shared an image showing how bad it can be if a dog walks on asphalt on a hot summer day.
Now it's time to share this picture again – so that no other dogs are affected by the same thing.
The photo was published on the Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness Facebook page, with the following written below:
"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 actually know if it's too hot?
Moon Valley Canine Training have come up with a good rule to determine when it's too hot for your dog to walk on hot asphalt. Hold the back of your hand against the ground, and count to five. Do you feel a burn? Then it's too hot for your dog, too!
It's important to remember that asphalt is often warmer than you think. Grass never gets as hot - so on really hot days, do take your dogs for walks out in a park, for instance. Alternatively, there are special shoes that you can buy to protect your pet's sensitive paws.
Do also keep in mind that sand gets very hot! If you bring your dog to the beach, always feel the sand first, and not just the surface – make sure you feel a good centimeter below the sand. A windy day can cause the surface to feel cooler and be deceiving of the sand's exact temperature.
Finally, don't forget to keep your dog hydrated in the heat!
Now that you've read this, consider other dog owners who may not have a clue. So please share this information to protect all dogs from unnecessary burns this summer!