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A dog rescue charity is warning dog owners to be aware of the ground temperatures as we enter another day of extreme heat.

artificial grass dog calne newsEvery year we see reminders to avoid walking dogs on hot pavements but a less obvious danger to dogs is artificial grass.

Many home owners have opted for the low maintenance option of artificial grass in recent years but for dogs, it can be catastrophic.

Devon Lost Dog Search & Rescue have released thermal images and temperatures of various surfaces taken between 13.20 and 14.10 yesterday.

They found :
Shaded Grass - 22.3 C
Grass in Full Sun - 28.3 C
Beach Sand - 45.7 C
Gravel Path - 47.1 C
Concrete Path - 55.4 C
Artificial Grass - 58.2 C


During hot weather :

  • Avoid excessive exercise and play during the day.
  • If you do decide to take you dog out, stick to shaded walks, and at times of the day such as early morning or late evening when the temperatures are lower
  • .Ensure your dog has plentiful supply of fresh, clean drinking water, both at home and while you are out. Replenish water bowls regularly.
  • DO NOT leave your dog in the car, regardless of how long. Your car will be a lot hotter than the outdoor temperatures in a very short space of time. If you have to go out, then leave your dog at home where possible.

Please also remember, while walking your dog try to think about the "5 second rule" - if you cannot hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds then it is too hot to walk your dog!

Dogs will not notice if their walk is later on in the day when it is cooler, or even if they don’t get a walk today.


Images courtesy of Devon Lost Dog Search & Rescue