Dog Days of Summer

The weather is warm. The sun is shining and families can finally be outside to spend time with each other. But there is one important member of the family that is missing from the group. Who, you may ask? Well, let me tell you! The family dog! Your dog needs exercise and to spend time outdoors as much as you do, so why not allow them to join in?  You may be thinking that considering the temperature is 85 degrees outside, is the ground too hot for your beloved pet to be outside? There are a few simple ways to avoid any unwanted injuries. 

  1. Take your shoe off and walk around barefoot or simply rest the palm of your hand on the surface. If you can not withstand the temperature of the ground for 7-10 seconds then it is too hot for your dog to walk on.
  2. Check the temperature before going outside. If the temperature is 85-90℉ the temperature of brick surfaces will heat up to 115℉, concrete up to 125℉, and asphalt up to 140℉. Imagine walking on a sidewalk while it’s that hot? Ouch!!
  3. Exercise your pet in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures tend to be lower. 
  4. If you absolutely need to walk your dog while the weather is still warm outside, walk the shortest route or walk in an area that is grassy or has dirt.
  5. Take frequent breaks and check your pet’s pads. When the sidewalks are too hot, blisters, loose flaps of skin, and red ulcerated patches can occur. This will require treatment by a veterinarian. 
  6. If you live in an area that is hot all of the time and has no shade or dirt paths, shop at your local pet store or online retailer for pet booties or shoes. They’re as easy as putting on your own shoes and you don’t have to tie them! Common brands are Pawz, Ruffwear boots, and Ultra Paws.
  7. And remember to keep those furry little companions well hydrated and rested for when the air is too hot there is always a risk of hyperthermia.

Summertime is just as fun for our pets as it is for us.  Most dogs want to be outside and exploring the world around them, we just need to be careful that our animals are staying cool and safe.  Any questions or concerns about hot weather injuries, please call the hospital at (847)695-7387 or contact us at  

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