It should be a criminal offence to walk a dog in extreme heat causing unessessry suffering

It should be a criminal offence to walk a dog in extreme heat causing unessessry suffering

11 July 2022
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Why this petition matters

We are the voice of those who have none. Walking a dog in temperatures above 75 degrees will cause unessessry suffering & if you love your dog, you wouldn't want him to suffer. Sadly, some dog owners don't care or need educating & if they continue to ignore what common sense dictates, they should face the consequences. This will only happen if it is a criminal offence because the owner is causing unessessry suffering & ultimate death.

As a general rule, walking your dog at any temperature below 20C is ideal. Anything above 20C can cause your dog to become dehydrated and very hot very quickly. The hotter the temperature, the higher the risk to your dog.  

As the temperature increases, even by just 1C, the risk to your dog increases too. Any temperature over 25C is a definite NO when it comes to walking! Stick to the rule of walking below 20C to be safe. Some dogs are at higher risk from the heat than others, so be extra careful:

Overweight dogs
Brachycephalic breeds, such as French Bulldogs and Pugs
Older dogs over 8-years-old
Younger dogs under 6-months-old
During the hot summer months, take your dog out before 8am or after 8pm when temperatures cool down. Offer them plenty of fresh water and choose shaded areas if you can.

Why can't I walk my dog in hot weather?

Apart from being very uncomfortable for them, there are some serious reasons why you shouldn't walk your dog in hot weather:

Dogs have hairy coats, even those that have had a recent haircut. Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to walk around with a fur coat on in the summer. Then, think of your dog.
Dogs don't sweat as we do. They have small sweat glands on the pads of their paws, but this doesn't make a lot of difference when they try to cool off. You may notice them panting. This is another dog cooling technique that can work but is not hugely effective. Dogs are not efficient creatures when it comes to cooling down. 
Walking on hot surfaces will cause severe burns to the sensitive skin on the pads of their paws. This will be intensely painful for your dog and leads to open wounds where the skin has burnt and peeled off.
Top Tip: Take off your shoes and stand on the pavement or patio with bare feet. Is it too hot for your feet? If so, it is far too hot for your dog on that surface.  

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