May 23, 2014

Letter: Dogs at Fiesta Day


Editor, The Friday Flyer:

Many people love to bring their dogs to Fiesta Day and other events to share in the exciting activities. It's a way of life here in Canyon Lake! It's always best to be well informed and to use our best judgement for our furry loved ones when it comes to the hot asphalt. 

When the ground temperature is high, don't let your pet walk or linger on the asphalt.  Being so close to the ground their bodies heat up quickly and their paw pads can burn.  Their bodies can also become overheated. 

Remember that the air temperature is not an accurate reflection of ground temps because asphalt retains heat and this temperature rises exponentially as heat and exposure continue. That's why early-morning walks are much safer then mid-day or late-afternoon walks.

Here's a quick test: Press your hands down on the asphalt, or better yet, walk barefoot for five minutes on the hot asphalt in the middle of the day. If it gets a little too hot for you or your child, then it's definitely too hot for Poochie. At 125 degrees, skin (paw) destruction can occur in 60 seconds. 

An egg can fry in five minutes on 131 degrees. When air temperature is this, the asphalt temperature is this: 77 degrees = 125 degrees; 86 degrees = 135 degrees; 87 degrees = 143 degrees.

Also, animals can get sick, scared and anxious around so many people, dropped food and babies in strollers. So while we all enjoy taking our Poochies with us, they might enjoy it better at home where it's more cool and quiet.

Laurie Martin