Our pets love the outdoors. But when the weather is extreme it's our job to protect them and take the necessary steps to keep them safe.
During the summer, with temperatures reaching into the triple digits in some areas, a good rule of thumb is if you can't hold your hand palm side up on the pavement for more than 5 seconds, it's too hot for your dog to be on the pavement. If you have access to a grassy area, keep them on it, or drive them to a nearby park, or invest in a pair of Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots .
The same holds true for extreme cold weather. Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite just as humans can. Letting your animals outside or walking them in extremely cold weather can put them at risk. If you live in an area where temperatures hover around or below the freezing mark, you can do your pet a favor by investing in a pair of Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots . These boots not only protect your four-legged friend from extreme weather, but they also help to keep their paws clean and dry.
Please be aware that cats and other small animals left outdoors during the winter will often seek warmth under the hood of a vehicle. Pounding loudly on the hood of your automobile before starting it could scare the animal away and save its life from a fast moving fan belt.
And remember, the next time you let your pet outside or get ready to take your dog for a walk, be mindful of the conditions and temperature.
If you're unsure, err on the side of caution. Your four-legged friend will thank you.