Here's a quick trick to see if the ground is too hot for your dog's feet
Ireland, you are hot right now.
As one of our hottest summers on record in the past 40 years - it's safe to say we are all feeling the heat, even our animals. But since they don't possess the same level of communication as we do when it comes to expressing how they feel, it is up to us to take responsibility and make sure our furry friends are doing just fine as the temperature rises.
And one seriously important factor to consider is the heat of the ground when walking your dog.
As we wear shoes and socks, it's very easy to think 'ah it couldn't be that hot?' But the thing is, paths and pavements (especially tarmac) heat up quickly and retain the heat so, before you think of bringing your dog out, check to make sure the road isn't too hot by placing the back of your hand on the ground for five seconds. If it feels too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for their feet.
Alternatively, walk your dog on the grass or bring them to the park to prevent rips and tears on their feet, also remember to ALWAYS carry water for your dog to stop them from overheating or dehydrating and lastly... if you are travelling with a dog in the car always leave a window slightly open for continuous air flow.
It is vital that we remember to think of our pets during this heatwave, making sure they have proper bedding, shade and water.
Happy pupper, happy owner.