Streets and sidewalks can burn pet paws on hot days


How hot is too hot for little paws? With summer starting later this week, triple digit heat will become more common in the Valley.

A 2016 report from the National Weather Service in Sacramento shows how hot different surfaces can get, and it will make you think twice before going out on that midday dog walk.

When the sun is shining and the air temperature is near 100, blacktop can reach over 160 degrees, which is hot enough to destroy our skin.

Thinking about switching to the grass? Much of our state is “golden” this time of the year, and brown grass will be near 120 degrees.

Green grass is better, but will come in at 106.

How can you tell if it’s too hot for your pooch? Hold the back of your hand on the surface for 5 to 7 seconds. If that’s OK for you, your dog will be OK, too.

This is the time of the year when you will want to go on your walks first thing in the mornings. The coolest time of the day is typically just after sunrise.

If scheduling is an issue, make sure you invest in a pair of dog booties. Your best furry friend will thank you, and will look cute in the process.

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