Release the Dogs! How To Safely Walk Your Pet In Montana Heat
It's that time of the year when everyone, including your furry family members, want to get outside and enjoy the weather.
It's important to watch out for your pet when the temperatures start to rise. What seems perfect to us, may be hard on your pet. For example, always be aware of the temperature of the ground when you're walking your pet.
What's The Perfect Temperature To Walk Your Pet?
According to the experts, the perfect temperature for your four legged friend is 70 degrees.
How To Check Asphalt
From AKC, temperatures as mild as 77 degrees can lead to asphalt that is right around 125 degrees. At 86 degrees, the asphalt feels like 135 degrees and at 87 degrees that feels like temperature rises all the way up to around 143 degrees. To compare, an egg fries at 131 degrees. Skin damage can begin in just 60 seconds when asphalt is at 125 degrees.
Several experts recommend putting your hand on the pavement for around ten seconds. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for a paw.
What Are Some Other Warnings For Heat Stress? From AKC:
- Your pet is seeking shade
- Becomes restless or doesn't want to move
- Choosing to sit or lie down
- Uncontrolled Panting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin reddening
- Excess saliva
What Can You Do For Your Pet If They're Under Heat Stress?
- Get your pet to shade
- Ice packs under the front legs and chest
- Pour cool water over their head and body
- Give them water
- Get them into air conditioning
- Get your pet a cooling mat