Why You Shouldn’t Walk Your Dog When It’s Too Hot
1. Dehydration: one of the risks your dog is going to suffer on a hot day outside is dehydration; this is as a result of the high temperature outside. Some of the symptoms to watch out for dehydration include excess lethargy, decreased urination, dry gums, sunken eyes, refusal to eat, decreased skin elasticity. It is good to always keep your dog hydrated with clean and fresh water, instead of exposing your pet to heat.
2. Burn: when the weather is hot outside, the asphalt on the sidewalks and streets can be heated to a temperature that can burn your dog’s paws. To prevent this, walk your dog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are cool. If you must walk your dog during the day, try to walk him on the grass or you can even try dog booties they may be of help to protect its feet.
If you want to know how the street will really be for your dog on a hot day, put your hand on the asphalt for about 30 seconds. If you have to pull your hand away because it is too hot, that is exactly how it will be for your dog’s pawn. If you cannot have your hand there for 30 seconds, your dog doesn’t want its paws on there either.
3. Parasites: when the weather is hot, fleas, tick and other pests are usually prevalent and they may cause mild discomfort to your dog. There could be a worst case scenario in which their effects become fatal or causing self-mutilating behavior. Feeding your dog with high quality diet will build their immune system, generally making it resistant to pests’ infestation. Cleaning your home frequently and keeping your dog well groomed will also reduce the risk of infestation by parasites.
4. Heat stroke: heat stroke is a serious health risk to dogs which can be fatal in worst cases. Taking your dog outside on a hot day will increase the risk. You can prevent this by restricting your pet’s exercise during the hot days, making sure it is well hydrated, providing a cool place for relaxation, providing swimming opportunities, and above all, and NEVER leave your dog alone in the car on a hot day.
5. Seasonal allergies: your dog may be allergic to a whole lot of things during the summer. If you suspect any kind of allergy in your dog, visit a vet immediately.