The weather in Houston can be brutal in the summer. Temperatures routinely break 90 degrees Fahrenheit from June through August, and triple-digit temperatures occur fairly often. May and September often have numerous hot days as well. Humans tend to take refuge in air-conditioned homes, offices and vehicles, but not every dog has that option. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned pet owners make the problem even worse by walking their dogs on asphalt pavement when the temperature is too high.
Asphalt Paving & Dogs – How Hot Asphalt Can Harm Your Dog
A dog’s paw may look tough, but it is one of the most sensitive parts of a dog’s anatomy. The skin on the bottom of the paw is no thicker than the skin on the sole of your foot. Imagine the pain you would endure if you walked barefoot down an asphalt street on a hot afternoon in July. Your dog will suffer just as much pain, and unfortunately, its paws could suffer nerve damage that will never heal.
Asphalt Paving & Dogs – How Hot Is Too Hot?
The temperature of the air is not a reliable indicator of the temperature of asphalt pavement; the temperature of the pavement will be much hotter. For example, if the air temperature is just 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the asphalt’s temperature will be approximately 125 degrees — just short of the temperature required to fry an egg on the pavement. On days when the air temperature is in the low 90s, the temperature of the asphalt can exceed 140 degrees.
The best way to determine whether the pavement is too hot for your dog is to test it on your own skin. Try standing on the pavement barefoot or holding the back of your hand against the asphalt. If you cannot keep your skin in contact with the pavement for at least 10 seconds without discomfort, you should not allow your dog to walk on the asphalt pavement. Alternatively, you could purchase shoes for your dog to protect its paws the same way that your shoes protect your feet.
LDC Cares About Your Pets
LDC Paving is an asphalt contractor and we care about the health of our furry friends. We believe in creating a safe environment for our workers and customers as well as two-legged and four-legged visitors to the site. We are a full-service asphalt paving contractor in Houston offering a wide range of asphalt maintenance services, including asphalt paving and overlays, sealcoating, parking lot striping, concrete and asphalt repairs, grading, pavement markings and concrete curbing. We can install concrete ramps, sidewalks, traffic signs, speed bumps, wheel stops and bollard posts. Our crews take pride in delivering exceptional results at competitive rates. If you would like to request a free estimate, you can call us at (832) 640-7296 or complete our online form.
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