Walking Pets on Hot Pavement?

Safety tip from Sherlock Holmes & Emma-

Walking your pets in the heat can be deadly!  Asphalt, concrete and even sand can get very hot quickly.  If you are unsure if a surface is too hot for your pet, take your shoes off, place your bare feet on the surface, can you walk the same distance barefoot?  If the answer is no then the surface is too HOT!  Please remember your pet does NOT have protective footwear.  Please keep your pets feet safe!

Mom checked the temperature of our concrete and asphalt driveway last evening before taking us out to walk.  After rainshower & heat index of 90 our driveway & road registered 157 degrees… YIKES!!! Thankfully mom checked and did not make us walk last evening and it was 7:30 pm.

On an 87-degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Rapid burns and blistering can occur at 150 degrees. Hot sidewalks, pavement and parking lots can not only burn paws, they also reflect heat onto dogs’ bodies , increasing their risk of deadly heatstroke. (courtesy of peta.org)  For more information please visit their website.

Other resources are:  vetmedicine.about.com; mypawsitivelypets.com;

Disclaimer:  this article is for educational purposes only!

Mom just checked the temperature of our driveway today 3:00 pm mostly cloudy air temp 90 degrees, heat index 93 degrees,  concrete temp measured 121 degrees & asphalt 133 degrees.  Was too hot for Mom to walk on!

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