Is it too hot to walk your dog?

It's important to be mindful of the temperature and humidity when taking your dog for a walk in the summer. Here are some signs that it may be too hot for a walk with your dog:

Check the temperature: If the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it's generally too hot for a walk with your dog.

Watch for signs of overheating: Dogs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke than humans. If your dog is panting excessively, drooling, or seems lethargic, it may be too hot for them to be outside.

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Check the pavement: If the pavement is too hot to touch with your bare hand, it's likely too hot for your dog's paws.

Observe your dog's behavior: If your dog is dragging behind, trying to lie down, or seeking shade, it's a sign that they may be uncomfortable.

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Take breaks: If you must walk your dog in the heat, take frequent breaks in shaded areas and offer water to keep them cool.

Always carry water: Your dog is going to be thirsty so make sure to carry a portable water bottle because they can't sweat and need constant hydration.

In general, it's best to avoid walking your dog during the hottest parts of the day and opt for early morning or late evening walks when it's cooler. Remember to always prioritize your dog's comfort and safety when it comes to summer walks.

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