Beware of Hot Pavement When Walking Your Dog
The weather is getting hotter and hotter so beware of the pavement when taking your dog for a walk. DOG WALKING ON CEMENT
Try this little experiment: Press the back of your hand firmly against the pavement for 10 seconds. From that, you can gauge how warm it is and if it will be comfortable for your dog to walk on it.
Here’s a short list that indicates the temperatures that you might be submitting your dog to while walking it on a street during a hot day:
If the air temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit the pavement will have a temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the air temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit the pavement temperature will be 135 degrees Fahrenheit
If the air temperature 87 degrees Fahrenheit the pavement temperature will be 143 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other factors could add up to make an even worst scenario:
Lack of any wind
Very low humidity
High radiant energy
Here are some interesting facts about the temperature of the pavement during a summer day:
At 125 degrees Fahrenheit, it can cause the skin to burn within as little as one minute
at 131 degrees Fahrenheit, you could fry an egg in as fast as 5 seconds
So, the lesson here is that while we love taking our dogs for a nice walk during the warm summer days we must be mindful of a hidden danger – hot pavement can seriously burn a dog’s paws.
And remember, hot pavement and cement can cause more severe burning on the tender feet of young puppies!