Last summer we shared awonderful tip from Sonoma-based Moon Valley Canine Training that redefined the Five Second Rule for your dog's paws. You're already helping to protect your pet in the warm summer with lots of fresh water and Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home, so adding this quick test to your walk-time regimen should be a breeze!
With asphalt temperatures rising as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit during sun-soaked days, finding sidewalk alternatives for Fido's walk is imperative. In fact, the Journal of American Medical Association notes that at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, damage can happen in as little as sixty seconds. In the event that the sidewalk is your only option, you'll want to take other precautions to ensure pad safety, but more on that in a bit. First...
How To Tell if the Sidewalk is Too HotImage courtesy of Moon Valley Canine Training via Facebook.com
The team at Moon Valley suggests placing the back of your hand on the pavement; if you cannot hold it there for five seconds, avoid sidewalks altogether. Another rule of thumb: if you wouldn't walk barefoot, neither should Fido. Even short periods of exposure to hot surfaces can lead to damage of the paws, which often takes a long period of time to heal.
Cover 'em up
For most of us, regular dog walks are part of our daily routine and provide much-needed exercise and mental stimulation for our Wonderpups. When temperatures rise, consider dog boots, which can deflect up to 75 degrees from surfaces. Bonus: Dog boots will also help keep dangerous toxic pesticides found on lawns and grassy areas off your pet's paws!
Go with Grass
In parts of the country where temperatures can seem oppressive, your Wonderpet may enjoy staying inside where it's cool. Now your pet can relieve himself indoors or on the patio without the carpet taking a beating. Real grass is always the best option. Try Fresh Patch, who also was featured on Shark Tank! Be sure to provide your pup plenty of mental stimulation if you don't make it out for a walk.
Check the Weather
Plan your walks at the coolest parts of the day--often early morning and in the evening. You'll want to relieve your pet in the afternoon, too, so be sure to look for dips in the weather or employ an option above.
Now that you know how to keep your Wonderpup's paws protected, be sure to share this with your friends! After all, sharing is caring?