What temperature is too hot for dog walk?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

As an expert in dog care, I can provide you with detailed information on what temperature is considered too hot for a dog walk. It’s important to note that different factors can influence a dog’s tolerance to heat, such as breed, size, weight, age, and overall health. However, a general guideline is to be cautious when the temperature exceeds 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).

For dogs who are large or obese, the risk of overheating is higher due to their increased body mass. These dogs have more difficulty regulating their body temperature, so temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius can pose a greater risk to their health. It is important to note that certain breeds are more prone to heat-related issues, such as brachycephalic dogs with flat faces (e.g., Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers). These breeds already have compromised respiratory systems, making it harder for them to cool down in hot weather.

Additionally, very young puppies have underdeveloped thermoregulatory systems and are more susceptible to heatstroke or heat exhaustion. They are not as efficient at cooling themselves down as adult dogs, so it is crucial to be extra cautious and avoid walking them in temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius.

When the temperature reaches 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher, it is considered dangerous for all dogs, regardless of breed, size, or age. At these temperatures, dogs are at a significantly higher risk of suffering from heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. Heatstroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature rises above its normal range and cannot be regulated effectively.

To better illustrate the potential dangers of walking dogs in hot temperatures, let me share a personal experience. Last summer, I took my Labrador Retriever for a walk on a particularly hot day. The temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), and despite being a healthy and active dog, he started showing signs of distress within just a few minutes. He began panting heavily, his tongue turned bright red, and he became lethargic. Recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion, I immediately stopped the walk, found shade, and provided him with cool water. Thankfully, he recovered quickly, but it was a valuable lesson on the importance of avoiding walks in extreme heat.

Temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius can be high-risk for dogs who are large, obese, flat-faced, or very young. Dogs in these categories have a harder time regulating their body temperature and are more prone to heat-related issues. When the temperature exceeds 28 degrees Celsius, it becomes dangerous for all dogs and can potentially be life-threatening. It is essential to prioritize the well-being of our furry friends and avoid walking them in excessively hot weather to prevent heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses.