Thinking of walking your dog when it’s hot? Think again.
It’s safe to walk your dog in temperatures up to 19°C (68°F). However, a small rise in temperature from there, and even at 20°C (70°C) dogs could be at risk of suffering from heat stroke.
Dogs aren’t the best at regulating their body heat, and if their temperature rises too high they will no longer be able to self-regulate to keep their temperature down.
Heat stoke should be taken seriously and is always preventable. Tragically some cases of heat stroke end in tragedy.
Always ask yourself “Is it too hot to walk the dog?” and keep an eye on the weather conditions.
When is it safe to walk my dog during summer?
On hot days, it is generally safe to walk your dogs if the temperature is between 16-19°C. However, it is still recommended that you keep an eye on larger breeds, flat faced breeds or any overweight dog.
Even at 20-23°C dogs are at risk of suffering from heat stroke if they are exercised too hard, or suffering from obesity or an illness.
Your dog will find it very uncomfortable to walked in temperatures between 24-27°C, even if they get the chance to run or swim in water for a short period. So avoid walking your dog at these temperatures.
If temperatures reach over 28°C it is very dangerous for any dog, regardless of condition, size or their breed. Walking in high temperatures like these could also lead to burnt paws.
Don’t take the risk. You dog may still pester for a walk, but they aren’t aware of the risks. Stay at home, in the shade and stimulate your dog with mind games.
Throughout the warmer months of the year, always ask yourself whether or not it is too hot to walk the dog.