Don’t walk your dogs on asphalt or concrete in the heat

burned dog paws

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.

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