PSA | "Is the Pavement Too Hot to Walk Fido?"

Did you know that the air temperature is NOT an accurate reflection of ground temperature at all?! Asphalt and other ground surfaces retain heat and this temperature rises exponentially as heat and sun exposure continues.

When the air temperature outside is at 77 degrees, asphalt has been measured at 125 degrees and if you jump up to 87 outside, the pavement can sizzle your skin, or your pets paws, at 135 to 143 degrees...an egg can fry in 5 minutes at 131 degrees! And don't think that just because concrete is lighter in color that it will not be as hot - the difference in minimal 125 for concrete to 140 for blacktop.

Furthermore, the time of day is very relevant! Asphalt soaks up the heat all day and can only cool down at a certain rate and only when the sun retreats - so pavement that was deemed safe for a walk at 9 am will different greatly at high noon and well into the early evening.

As a basic 'rule of paw' if the pavement feels too hot for your bare foot, it is too hot for Fido's paws. To test for safety, press your own bare hands or feet on sunny pavement for 7-8 seconds to assess the heat level. If it is uncomfortable for you, then it is too hot for your dog. It may be time to find a shaded park or yard to exercise your pup, perhaps one with a pool for you both to enjoy.

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Thank you Deb Navin for this helpful information!

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