Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to take your dog for a walk.
But how do you know when it’s too hot to walk your dog?
And what about if there isn’t any shade on the trail?
In this article, we’ll discuss safe walking temperatures for dogs, signs of heat stroke in dogs, and much more!
What temperature is too hot to walk a dog?
The temperature at which it’s too hot to walk a dog depends on the humidity.
In general, you should avoid walking your dog if the temperature is above 80 degrees and especially if it’s hotter than 85 degrees in direct sunlight.
If you live in a very warm area, you should also avoid taking your dog for walks when the temperature reaches 90 or 95 degrees in direct sunlight.
What is the safe temperature to walk a dog?
The ideal temperature for walking your dog is between 55-75 degrees °F.
If it’s too hot or cold, you can walk your dog early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler.
In extremely hot weather (above 90 degrees), you may want to use a coat or sweater on your dog.
How to Cool Down Your Dog
If you find that your dog is getting hot, there are a few easy ways to cool them down.
- Cold water bowls
- Ice packs on paws
You can use a small handheld fan to blow cool air over your dog’s body while they are lying down.
Cold water bowls
Placed outside in the shade, this will help keep their water cool and give them something to drink.
If need be, add ice cubes or put cold water in an ice pack to keep it even colder for longer.
Ice packs on paws
This will help with circulation and reduce swelling if it is needed. If your dog doesn’t like having things on its paws or feet, try using damp towels instead!
Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs
The signs of heat stroke in dogs include panting, rapid breathing, and a lack of coordination.
The dog may also be disoriented and have seizures if the dog has been exposed to high temperatures for a long period. If you see any of these signs, it’s important to cool your dog down as soon as possible.
If your dog is showing signs of dehydration or overheating then you should give him lots of water or ice cubes to drink—you can also use an ice bath if necessary!
Give him 15-20 minutes before taking him for a walk again so that he has time to rest properly after his exercise session was interrupted by the heat.
How Long Should You Walk Your Dog Each Day?
The right amount of exercise varies from dog to dog.
If your dog is a high-energy, young puppy, he’ll need more exercise than an older and less active senior.
If your dog is overweight, playtime will be even more important because it will burn more calories than normal movement.
You can also calculate the right amount of exercise for your dog based on breed.
The size and age of the breed are related to how much energy it needs in order to maintain its weight and health.
For example, smaller dogs tend to have higher metabolisms than larger ones—so they’re going to burn more calories just sitting around!
If you’re not sure how to take care of your best friend in the heat, don’t worry.
We have all the information you need! Just remember that dogs can be affected by hot weather just as humans are.
If you think your dog is overheating, stop walking immediately and get him or her some water.
Remember that if it feels too hot for a person to walk outside without sweating excessively, then it probably feels too hot for an animal as well.