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This Simple Trick Will Tell You If It's Too Hot To Walk Your Dog

This viral Facebook post gives a new meaning to the "five-second rule."

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When it's really unbearably hot out this summer, don't forget to keep your animals' safety in mind.

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Not only can they get heatstroke just like people, but their poor paws have to touch that fiery pavement, and, ouch.

One simple trick for keeping your pet's paws safe is currently going viral after it was posted on Facebook by Moon Valley Canine Training in Sonoma, California.

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It's been shared over 100,000 times on Facebook and made the front page of Reddit.

The trick: "Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for five seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog."

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So if you need to take your dog out and the sidewalk doesn't pass this test, make sure to go somewhere shaded or grassy where they won't hurt their paws. And don't forget to bring water and keep a close eye on them if they'll be out there for a while.

It's simple, and highly effective.

The trick may seem obvious, but it sends an important message to be mindful of your pet's pain and discomfort, which isn't always obvious. Plus, it also probably applies to anyone walking around barefoot in summer, especially children.