Woman shares key sign to tell if it’s too hot to walk the dog
It’s absolutely stuffy today, and it’s important to make sure your furry friends stay as cool as you do in the heat. Well, a dog owner shared a handy tip that will help you decide if it’s too hot to walk your dog:
Sian Coffey posted a video on his TikTok account urging people to be extra careful during hot periods as it could be incredibly dangerous to their pets.
In the video, which was mistaken for an interactive doorbell, a man can be seen walking his dog along the sidewalk.
The dog then quickly crosses the road, heading to a shady corner under a tree.
The caption for Sian reads: “If you are one of the many idiots who walk your dog during a heat wave, you shouldn’t own a dog.
“Watch the dog run into the shadows as the ground boils.
“If you can’t keep the back of your hand on the ground for five seconds, it’s too hot.”
Since the video was posted, it has been viewed more than 444,000 times, with other pet owners crowding in the comments to show their support.
Agreeing with Sian, one user said, “Every dog owner should know this. If you don’t agree with that, you’re the problem.”
Another added: “I work in a pub and the number of people taking their dogs out in hot weather annoys me so much.
“They often don’t bring water either. Luckily we do.”
“A dog will not die if it has not been walked for a day, it will die if it has been walked in this heat,” commented a third.
While another added: “It was way too hot for the dogs to be outside today, I didn’t take mine out for walks at all.”
Met Office operational meteorologist Andy Page said: “The extension of the Azores high is the main reason for the UK’s current weather pattern, which will see much of the UK reaching heatwave thresholds over the weekend and early next week.
“High temperatures will remain within the forecast until next week, but there is a risk of isolated heavy downpours across southern UK on Monday and Tuesday, although this should be broadly acceptable in most areas.”
But with temperatures set to skyrocket, Public Health England has also issued a heat health alert that is expected to last until Tuesday morning (July 20).
Scientific and Technical Manager Dr Owen Landeg said: “Most heat control advice is common sense and for many people, periods of warmer weather are something they really enjoy.
“However, for some people, such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can pose real health risks. That is why we urge everyone to keep an eye out for those you know who might be at risk.
“If you can, ask if your friends, family or neighbors need help. Also take water with you when you travel and keep up to date with the weather forecast.
“It’s also worth remembering the practical steps for keeping homes cool during the day, as this can help sleep at night and give the body time to recover from heat.”