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'Five second rule' which tells you if it's too hot to walk your dog

By Danielle Kate Wroe

As a nation of dog lovers, we would do anything to protect our precious pets.

As clever as dogs are, they heavily rely on their owners to meet their basic needs - such as feeding and walking.

However, during the summer months, walking can become tricky for dogs, as they can soon succumb to heatstroke if temperatures soar above 25C.

Common signs of heatstroke in dogs include collapsing, excessive panting, and dribbling.

While humans can easily cool down in the summer months by taking a layer of clothing off, dogs can't - and to make matters worse, they can only sweat from areas not covered in fur.

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Fortunately, The Moon Valley Canine Training center, in Northern California, has shared a tip which could potentially save a dog's life this summer.

The centre said: "Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for five seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog."

Dog's paws are just as sensitive as human feet and are just as susceptible to being burnt.

If the outside temperature is 25C, which may feel pleasant and ideal to us, but there is little wind and the humidity is low, asphalt and tarmac can reach a scorching temperature of 52C.

In extremely hot weather, The Blue Cross recommends having cold water available for you and your dog at all times.

They also suggest walking your dog during the cooler parts of the day, such as in the early mornings and late evenings.

Dog owners should also watch pets for signs of overheating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.

Owners with flat-faced dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight should be particularly careful, as these dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.

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