Dog Days of Summer: When Heat Endangers Pets
Climate change is making our summers longer and hotter, making for potentially dangerous conditions for dogs and cats.
When the air temperature reaches 77°F, asphalt surfaces can reach 125°F. This is the temperature that can burn human skin, and it can be dangerous for dogs’ unprotected paws.
Climate Central analyzed temperature trends for 246 U.S. cities, and found that 94% (232) have seen an increase in days that were 77°F or above since 1970.
Physical exertion or exercise in hot environments increases the risk of heat stress or heat stroke in dogs.