The 5-second Rule you might not know about, but your dog wishes you did!

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  • 5 Second Rule for Pets

    Here's a 5-second rule for pet owners that you can't afford to ignore! Did you know that it literally takes less than a minute to burn (& blister) the pads of your dogs' feet when walking on cement/concrete and pavement surfaces?!
    5 Second Rule for Pet Parents- did you know it takes less than a minute for their paw pads to blister?
    If you're unsure whether it's too hot to walk your dog on pavement/asphalt, here's a quickie test you can try, either step barefoot on the surface or place the back of your hand down on the surface for 5 seconds. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.

    At just 125F burning can occur in 60 seconds. To put it in perspective, and egg can fry in 5 minutes
    flat at 131F

    Air Temperature
    Asphalt Temperature
    77 125
    86 135
    87 143

    Of course, the above temperature correlations will fluctuate depending on variables such as humidity, direct or indirect sun, wind, etc.

    Signs of Burned Paw pads include:

    • Limping
    • Refusing to walk
    • Licking/chewing the feet
    • pads that are discolored, often darker in the center than in other areas
    • missing part of pad
    • blisters/redness

    Also, just like people, when pets swim the water softens the pads of their feet making them more susceptible to burning.

    Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for seven seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog on it! If you're considering putting socks on as a barrier be sure to watch your dog closely, many dogs will chew (& consequently ingest!) the socks.

    What Can you do Instead:

    • Limit the dogs' time on hot asphalt or pavement, walk
      them in the grass or gravel surfaces.
    • Be aware that gravel can get hot too.
    • Walk them earlier and later in the day, rather than during the hottest part of the day.
    • Bring a towel with you on the walk so if you stop for any length of time the dog can sit or stand on the towel rather than the pavement.
    • Use Paw Protection such as booties or Paw Wax

    In addition to painful burns, pets are also susceptible to heat stroke as well.

    Our close friends' dog died last summer following a playful run with the kids when they got back from playing, he collapsed. He was gone before they even made it to the vet.

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