The National Weather Service predicted if current temperature trends continue, 2016 could be the hottest in recorded history. Did you know that surface temperatures can be 40 - 60 degrees hotter than air temperature? Let's use the average of 50 degrees to see air and surface temperatures.
Suffice it to say, surface temperatures can be hot enough to cook an egg when it is just 85 degrees outside!
It is also important to note that while surfaces do lose temperature in the evening as the sun goes down, it cools slowly compared to the air temperature.
The University of Michigan in a study looking at indoor radiator heaters and exposed hot water pipes warned that should the surfaces reach 140 degrees, first degree burns can occur in just three seconds. Think about that next time you stop while standing with your dog on the sidewalk!
During the summer months, exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night and if possible, walk them on the grass instead of asphalt or concrete surfaces.
How can you tell if it is safe for your outdoor exercise? Press your hand to the surface for 7 - 10 seconds. If it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your dog's feet!
Even when you are being cautious your dog's paw pads can dry out on the hot hard ground and crack. Ouch!
Examine your dog's paw pads to make sure they’re soft. Regularly moisturize them with 4-Legger Nose & Paws Healing Balm to keep them soft and healthy!