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Ouch….the 5 second rule!

Today was scorching at the refuge, too hot to walk dogs! We did have two arrivals which we will catch up with tomorrow.

Yesterday we posted hints and tips on ow to keep your dog cool in summer on our pinterest page https://uk.pinterest.com/DRCSPA/keeping-your-dog-cool/

Tonight we want to remind you how quickly the pavement can heat up!






Our dogs still want their daily walk, even during the very hot summer months, but we must consider the temperature of the ground.

Although it may not feel too hot for a walk, always take into consideration the temperature of the surface your dog will walk on. Asphalt temperature and the outdoor temperature are two very different things. When the outside air temperature is 77 degrees, the asphalt can be 125 degrees.

If you can fry an egg at 131 degrees, just imagine how your dog’s feet will feel.


  • Test the asphalt by holding the back of your hand against it for 5 seconds
  • Take walks in the early mornings or late evenings
  • Walk on the grass
  • And, wash and check your dog’s paws regularly.


The pads on dog’s paws are no thicker than our feet, so if the pavement feels hot to your bare feet, then it’s just as hot for your dog!




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