Pet Health & Happiness

When is it too hot to walk a dog?

The air temperature

This may surprise you, but the safest temperature to take your dog for a walk is 19 degrees Celsius. A rise in temperature to 20 degrees can be too much for dogs, they are very prone to heat stroke. Even those who just take a leisurely stroll.

But it’s not just air temperature that you need to consider. It’s what they walk on too because paws are on fire.

The surface temperature

The sidewalk, sand or concrete can be up to 60 ° C higher than the air temperature.

So the rule of thumb is, if you can’t hold your palm down for 10 seconds, the sidewalk will burn and your dog’s paws will become blistered.

The best time to take your dog for a walk in summer

If it’s too hot during the day to take your dog for a walk, change your routine to early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. and for some, no walking is a good choice.

Where to walk your dog during the cooler times of the day

Sidewalks take a long time to cool down, so check. Even cooler times may be too warm for dogs. Stay safe, walk slowly and exercise steadily.

  • Near water
  • Under a canopy of trees
  • The shady side of the street
  • On the grass in the shade

Pregnant dogs, puppies, and older dogs in hot weather

All dogs of all ages are at risk of overheating if it just appears to be a warm day. We see street dogs of all ages sleeping under trees and other shady spots abroad. They know what is right, they listen to their bodies.

Dogs with pre-existing conditions, pregnant dogs, young puppies, overactive and of course older people are more prone to overheating than fit adults. But be warned, any dog ​​can overheat and die in no time.

In your yard, your dog can relax, laze around in the shade and frolic. Rest days are good days. Short potty runs are sufficient.

A paddle in a river, paddle pool, and opportunities lie on a cooling mat. You can find out more about how to keep your dog cool in my guide link at the bottom of the page.

Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs in the summer heat

Certain breeds are more prone to overheating in the summer heat. Bulldog breeds especially. The blood vessels in the snout enlarge to transfer heat. Most breeds of bulls have short snouts and poor panting. You will struggle to breathe and wheeze effectively anyway, and in summer this leads to less efficient cooling and more shortness of breath.

Dogs have coats and it pays to wear a sweatshirt yourself and then you realize how hot it can be for dogs. Hotter for dogs because they can’t sweat like us.

Signs that your dog is overheating

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or sudden death are all too common during the summer months. Know the signs that your dog cannot tolerate the heat. Dogs take 3 months to adapt to changes in temperature, so proceed with caution.

  • Rapid, loud breathing and wheezing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red or blue gums
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Collapse and / or cramps

When in doubt, do not take your dog for a walk. Rest assured that days and lazing around in the shade are not only good for the physical and mental health of our dogs, but ours too.

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