May 17, 2022

Pet owner shares simple pavement test to know if it’s too hot to walk your dog

As temperatures reach 30C across the country, the risk of heat strokes dramatically increases.

Nevertheless, some people might sometimes forget that their four-legged best friend is also subjected to the unpleasantness of high temperatures.

Despite needing daily exercise, dogs can suffer in the heat, and in worst cases die, if they are taken outside for too long.

In order to combat the dangers that can be caused by walking dogs during hot temperatures, one woman uploaded a video on TikTok revealing an easy way to tell if the weather is too hazardous for your pet.

The dog lover caught an owner walking their pet in front of her house, while the scorching sun beamed down.

The video
The woman shared a video of dog darting for the shade while on a walk with its owner

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She said: “Watch the dog run for the shade as the floor was boiling!”

The dog in question was filmed leaving his owner’s sight to find the nearest tree, avoiding the fiery pavement.

As a result, the TikToker went on to explain: “If you cannot hold the back of your hand on the floor for five seconds, it’s too hot.”

She then expressed her anger against ignorant dog owners, saying: “If you are one of the many idiots walking your dog in a heatwave, you shouldn’t be owning a dog.”

The video, which was shared on the social media platform, has been viewed more than 500,000 times and received over 40,000 likes.

Many dog owners agreed with the TikToker as one commented: “Always test the pavement.

“If they need exercise try getting some boots although they may hurt their paws.”

Another wrote: “My F rench bulldogs haven’t been walking for the last four days, it’s way too hot for them.”

Others made some suggestions as to when was the best time to walk dogs in the summer, with one writing: “I walk mine at like 7am and about 10pm at night.”

According to the RSPCA , dogs do need exercise despite hot temperatures but safety measures need to be applied.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting, excessive drooling, lethargy, drowsiness, uncoordinated movements, going limp, and vomiting.