Dogs’ paws can be just as sensitive as humans’ feet.
That means they’re equally as likely to get burnt walking on a hot surface as their owner would be.
Vets in the US, where paw burns are common in many areas due to high summer temperatures, came up with a test to check when it’s safe to walk dogs on a pavement.
Their advice is for owners to place the back of their hand on the surface for seven seconds.
If they struggle to hold it down, it’s too hot to walk a dog.
Dogs can suffer burns to their paws on days most people wouldn’t consider searingly hot.
If the outside temperature is a pleasant 77F with little wind and low humidity, asphalt can reach a staggering 125F.
For an in depth look at this issue and more stats, check this article on vets-now.com