Test pave­ment for your pets

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: JAMIE SCHWARTZ BETHESDA

Re­cently, while shop­ping for pro­duce at an out­door mar­ket on a hot, sunny day, I no­ticed sev­eral dogs pant­ing heav­ily and fran­ti­cally pick­ing up their paws from the pave­ment. I took my san­dal off and felt the ground with my own foot. It was so hot that I was in pain within a sec­ond.

I rushed around the mar­ket, warn- ing peo­ple that their dogs’ feet must be burn­ing. One tiny dog was in so much pain that she was run­ning in place! Thank­fully, most of the peo­ple I talked to cared about their dogs and quickly picked them up or moved them to the cool grass. But many peo­ple still don’t re­al­ize how dan­ger­ous hot pave­ment is and harm their dogs by drag­ging them along on sti­fling days.

My own pup stays safe and cool in­side a shaded stroller, but on hot days, I leave him at home where he is most com­fort­able. I urge ev­ery­one to think of their pups’ paws this sum­mer and al­ways test the pave­ment be­fore set­ting out. Re­mem­ber: If it feels hot, it’s too hot for Spot.

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