When Is It Too Hot to Walk Your Dog Outside?

As summer sizzles and the sun beats down, it's important to keep our furry friends safe from the sweltering heat. But when is it too hot to walk your dog outside? The answer isn't always straightforward, but there are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind to protect your doggo from the scorching elements.

Consider the Temperature:

Firstly, pay attention to the temperature outside. If the weather is soaring above 85°F (29°C), it's best to avoid outdoor activities, especially if your pup is a wrinkly dog breed prone to heat exhaustion like Bulldogs, Pugs, or Huskies. Consider going out for an early morning or late evening walk when the pavement has cooled down a bit. Always test the ground with your hand—if it's too hot for your palm, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

Keep them Hydrated:

Hydration is key! Just like us, dogs need plenty of water to stay cool and hydrated. Bring along a portable water bowl and offer frequent breaks for your furry friend to drink up. And remember, never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes. On a hot day, temperatures inside a car can skyrocket to dangerous levels in no time.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs:

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or bright red tongue and gums
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Glazed eyes
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased body temperature (over 104°F or 40°C)
If you notice any of these signs in your furry friend, it's crucial to act quickly. Move them to a cooler area immediately, offer small sips of water, and wet their body with cool (not cold) water. Heat stroke can be life-threatening if not addressed promptly, so always prioritize your dog's well-being, especially in hot weather. Read more on avoiding heatstroke in brachycephalic dog breeds such as Bulldogs and Pugs.

Grooming after Outdoor Adventures:

Now, let's talk about keeping your pup clean and comfortable, especially after a nice outdoor walk. Squishface wrinkle wipes are a fantastic solution for maintaining your dog's hygiene. These wipes are specially formulated to gently clean and soothe the skin (and even wrinkles) of breeds prone to skin issues. With ingredients like ketoconazole and chlorhexidine, they help combat bacteria and yeast infections, keeping your dog's skin healthy and happy.

The Bottom Line:

So, next time you're gearing up for a walk with your furry friend, remember to keep an eye on the temperature, stay hydrated, and prioritize your pup's comfort and cleanliness with products like Squishface wrinkle wipes. With a little care and attention, you and your dog can enjoy the great outdoors safely, even when the heat is on!

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