Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 30, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 30, 2019
Pet Safety

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a large backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

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So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this week's "Furr-cast."

The Week Ahead

Are we going into the start of August or October? When you step outside this morning you would think it would be summer and not fall. Well, for the remainder of the month and for the first couple days of October, the heat is on; and we may break a couple records along the way. First off, temperatures will be around 70 for the next couple mornings, so get used to taking your longer walks in early in the morning. Avoid the afternoon hours for long walks since temperatures will be in the low 90's through Wednesday. Mostly sunny skies will also aid to limit your afternoon walks, especially with the hot surfaces that will present themselves in the afternoon.

Rain won't be much of a factor, however, given the summer-like pattern, we could see a few isolated showers or storms pop-up during the afternoon hours. Better chances for rain will come Thursday, although it looks like we could see just a chance for rain at the moment. Thursday will be a transitional day for us, with warm and muggy conditions still in place. A cold front will work through the region later this week, allowing for much cooler, drier conditions heading into the weekend. It'll be very cool and comfortable out on Friday, with more seasonable air over the weekend.

Despite the hot, hazy and humid air this week, we'll have a pleasant weekend ahead for you and your furry, little friend to take advantage of.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked. It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees. In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin.

The "Barking Message" for this week:

  • Very hot and humid through Wednesday
  • Avoid walking for long amounts of time during the afternoon hours.
  • Avoid walking on hot surfaces!

Each week, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10TV. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.