Road Maintenance and Car Chemicals
Cars and the roads are covered with chemicals. Oil, antifreeze, salt, brine, and so on. All this goes into our animals’ systems, which they are not designed to handle.
It is interesting that so many people want their dog to sit on the curb at traffic lights. I imagine the thought is a “good” dog sits beside their owner. My goal for my animals is keep them as far as possible from all traffic fumes and potential chemicals coming from the cars and the roadway until it is time to cross. I also keep them always standing on their feet, so they have less contact with the pavement, regardless of surface-type, than if they were sitting as I assume all curbside pavement is also covered in chemicals. They are safer this way, too, if you have to move quickly.
In some countries, I could literally feel the exhaust and smog on my animal’s coats after a walk. I would come home and wipe them down daily with a soapy wet rag to get as much residue off them as possible. Of course, they would get bathed more often too.
Joints and Paved Surfaces?
It’s also best for their joints and ligaments to keep them off pavement period. Their bodies are designed for yielding surfaces, like dirt, not for hard surfaces. So, while you wear shoes when walking, they are in bare feet and this impacts their structure. I imagine it hurts for those with any joint pain, especially if their entire walk is on pavement of any kind. Please try and walk your beautiful canine on dirt as much as possible.