When The Weather Is Hot

by Gwen
(Nashville, TN USA)

If it's too hot outside my Jack Russell "Franky" will stop walking, after maybe .3 of a mile. We will take a break just standing there, or I will pick him up and walk a good ways. If it's cool outside he's okay. Just curious.

He's 1 year old and very healthy. No medications. But does have a limp on his back right leg only when he walks on pavement but not on grass. I feed him egg and garlic, veggies, kibbles, yogurt.

Editor Tips for Jack Russell That Doesn't Want to Walk in Hot Weather

Hi Gwen,

It seems like Franky's reluctance to walk in hot weather might be related to heat sensitivity or discomfort from the pavement. Dogs can be sensitive to heat, and their paws can get burned or irritated when walking on hot pavement. Jack Russell Terriers are also energetic and can easily overheat if they're active during hot weather.

The limp on Franky's back right leg when walking on pavement might indicate that he experiences discomfort or pain on that surface. This could be due to an injury, a joint issue, or sensitivity to the texture or temperature of the pavement. The grass might be more comfortable for him because it is softer and cooler.

It is essential to consult a veterinarian for a proper assessment and diagnosis of Franky's issues. They can examine him, determine the cause of his limp, and provide guidance on how to manage his heat sensitivity.

In the meantime, consider the following tips to make walking more comfortable for Franky:

1. Walk during cooler parts of the day: Try to schedule your walks in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are cooler, and the pavement is not as hot.

2. Test the pavement temperature: Before taking Franky for a walk, place your hand on the pavement for a few seconds. If it's too hot for you to keep your hand there comfortably, it's likely too hot for Franky's paws.

3. Use protective gear: Dog booties can help protect Franky's paws from hot pavement and may also provide support if he's experiencing pain or discomfort.

4. Provide water and shade: Ensure Franky has access to fresh water and shaded areas during walks to help prevent overheating.

5. Gradually increase exercise intensity: Build up Franky's stamina and tolerance for heat by gradually increasing the intensity and duration of exercise. This will help him acclimate to the warmer weather more effectively.

Remember, it's always a good idea to consult your veterinarian for personalized advice based on Franky's specific needs and health history.

All the best to you and your Jack,

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