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Walking your dog in hot temperatures

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010


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Is there a good time to walk your dog during summer?

It is recommended to walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun is not that high in the sky and the sidewalks are cool.

How do I know if it’s too hot for a walk?

Since dogs sweat through the pads of their feet and their tongues, they overheat faster on a hot sidewalk. If the sidewalk it too hot for a bare human foot, then it is too hot for a dog’s paw.

What types of dogs are not suited for hot weather?

Old dogs, overweight dogs, dogs with heart or lung diseases and snub-nosed (brachycephalic) dogs should be kept indoors as much as possible. Snub-nosed dogs (pugs, bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and Shih tzus) heat up faster than other dogs.

Whether inside or outside, make sure your dog has plenty of water and enjoy the dog days of summer!

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