Colorado, like the majority of the country, has had miserably hot temps which arrived in early spring. Given the weather patterns so far, I’m sure it will remain quite warm well into September. This post is prompted by the number of people I see out walking their dogs in the afternoons here lately. Rule of thumb, folks — if you can’t walk barefoot on the concrete or road surface due to the heat, neither should your dog!! I did some checking and found this handy-dandy asphalt temps guide which notes that while the air temps might be tolerable, the pavement is much hotter than one would expect.
As children growing up in Colorado, my twin brother and I sustained burns on the bottom of our feet walking back from the swimming pool on an asphalt road. We’d gone — barefoot — to the pool in the early morning and didn’t even think about the pavement being scorched on the way home. We sustained burns severe enough that we had large, raised water blisters on the balls and heels of our feet despite the heavy callouses from running barefoot most of the summer. Think a dog can’t sustain burns on the pads?? Think again …
If you simply must walk your dog, please do so in the early morning or late evening when the ground surfaces have had sufficient time to cool down. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the mosquito repellent. Living in Larimer County where we had a severe outbreak of West Nile several years ago, one must always be aware of the danger of contracting West Nile (I, personally, know four people who have had it to varying degrees).
Since we’re on the subject of hot summers, let’s not forget how quickly car temps can heat up with moderate temps … for dogs and little humans alike.
Keep it safe … keep it sane … and keep your dogs home out of the heat!