As anyone who is the proud owner of a Lakeland parking lot paving knows, summer can be fairly brutal on the surface of your asphalt. The UV rays emitted by the sun can break down the asphalt binder on your paving, and cause the aggregate to come apart and become brittle.
It can also cause fading on the surface of your paving. The best way to stop this from happening to your paving is by regularly sealcoating your asphalt paving, as this acts as a kind of sunblock for your paving.
The summer heat is pretty bad for people as well, as this can cause sunburn, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. However, the sun’s intense heat doesn’t only affect humans, but pets as well.
For those who are fond of bringing their furry friends on errands with them, it’s important to know that hot asphalt can be dangerous for your pets. Asphalt surfaces get the hottest during summer, next to red brick and concrete.
If your asphalt paving reaches surface temperatures of 105 degrees, the heat can burn and cause peeling in the protective pads found on your pets’ paws. Here are some tips that you can keep in mind to avoid hurting your pet on asphalt when taking them out during the summer.
Check the temperature
You might be thinking for going out for the day, and taking your dog out with you. Maybe you’re thinking of running a couple of errands, and then heading over to the dog park. It’s a beautiful day after all, and it doesn’t seem to hot. However, even if the air temperature doesn’t seem all that hot, the asphalt itself might be too hot for your pets.
A pretty reliable way of determining if it’s too hot for your dog is by placing your hand palm side up on the surface of the pavement. If it hurts too much to hold your hand to the pavement for more than 10 seconds, then it’s too hot for your dogs. On days like these, it’s best to wait until it gets dark before taking your dog out.
Always be prepared
Make sure that you plan ahead for the day that you’ll have. Know where you’ll be during peak hours, and make sure that you have enough resources to make sure that your pet will be comfortable when you take them out. A damp towel under your pet’s paws can make a lot of difference in comfort for your pet when you’re standing around in the heat.
Note if your pet is showing discomfort
Overall, pay attention to your pet when you’re out with them. If they’re showing obvious signs of discomfort like fidgeting or whimpering, don’t wait until it gets worse, take them somewhere cooler, give them some water, and splash some cool water on them. If you choose to bring your pet out in the heat, it’s your responsibility to care for them properly.