With forecasted highs approaching 100 degrees and the heat index reaching 110 in some areas throughout the crossroads area, it is safe to say it is HOT OUTSIDE! Just imagine how it feels on your doggy's paws. Let's start out with this basic rule. If the pavement feels too hot for your barefoot, it is too hot for Pluto's. Asphalt temperatures can be much hotter than the air temperature (when in direct sunlight with no wind and low humidity) so it's important to be aware of the difference between pavement and air temperatures.

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Press your bare hands or feet on sunny pavement for at least 7-8 seconds to assess the heat level. If it is uncomfortable for you, then it is too hot for your dog. Don't go for a walk and find another way to exercise or spend time with your dog. A sign your dog is suffering: repeated lifting of one or more paws or agitated pacing.

AIR TEMPERATURE     ASPHALT TEMPERATURE

77                                   125

86                                   135

87                                    143

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When the temperature is upwards of 90 degrees outside, the asphalt of streets and parking lots can reach much more dangerous temperatures, around 150 degrees! At 125 degrees skin destruction can occur in just 60 seconds. At 135 to 143 degrees an egg can fry in 5 minutes at 131 degrees! Always check the asphalt prior to allowing your pet to walk on it.  PAWS WILL GET BURNED!  

Dogs showing these symptoms may have burned paws:
● Limping or avoiding walking
● Licking or chewing feet
● Paw pads are darker in color than usual
● Pads are visibly damaged
● Blisters or redness

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