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Walking Your Dog in the Summer Heat

When walking your dog, keep in mind that if it feels hot enough to fry an egg outside, it probably is. When the air temperature is 30 degrees, the asphalt can reach a sizzling 60 degrees Celsius—hot enough to cause blistering, burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Hot pavement can not only burn paws, they also reflect heat onto dogs’ bodies, increasing their risk of deadly heatstroke. To reduce the risk of blistered paws, test the surface with the back of your hand. If you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot. Stay on grass and in shaded areas.

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