GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) — With a large portion of the U.S. being affected by a major heatwave, it’s important to not only look out for your own well-being, but for your furry friend as well.

The heat in general is a concern for dogs and cats because their fur coats make it more challenging to regulate body temperature, but it’s the scorching temperature of the pavement that’s a real danger to the health of your companion.

The BCSPCA emphasized that cats and dogs have sensitive paw pads that are vulnerable to heat. Hot surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and artificial grass can encapsulate heat, making them dangerously hot to the touch. Extended contact with such surfaces can cause blisters and burns to paw pads and can increase overall body temperature, leading to heat stroke.

Too Hot For Spot
(Georgetown Police Department)

Luckily, the Georgetown Police Department said pet owners can utilize the “seven-second test” in order to test the safety of surfaces.

To perform the test, simply touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If you can’t hold out because the surface is too hot, it’s also too hot for your dog’s paws.

As temperatures soar this summer in the Bluegrass, you can protect your beloved pets by performing the seven-second test and keeping up with the weather at foxlexington.com/weather.