Summer is here – and it’s arrived with a vengeance. The temperature has hit the triple digits and shows no sign of abating. And when it gets this hot, it will heat up the sidewalks and pavement to a degree that could cause your dog severe harm. Temperatures on these surfaces can sometimes exceed 145 degrees. And at just 125 degrees, skin destruction can happen in as little as 60 seconds.
No Walk in the Park
Unfortunately for our furry friends, the summer months aren’t always a walk in the park. Besides the ever present danger of overheating, their tender paws are not meant for the hot pavement. The Humane Society itself has specified that “Asphalt gets very hot and can easily burn your pet’s paws.”
Too Hot to Touch
But how can you tell if the pavement is unsafe for your dog? Well, there’s a simple test that we recommend. Place the back of your hand on the ground. If you find that you can’t hold it there for more than ten seconds, then it’s safe to assume that it’s too hot for your pet.
What Can You Do?
We recommend that you get off the sidewalk and walk your dog on the grass. If that’s not possible, try to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Take your dog out early in the morning before the sun’s rays hit or in the late evening when the pavement has cooled down. If these solutions don’t work for you, we suggest investing in a pair of booties that will cover your dog’s paws. There’s also a wax that can be smeared on your pet’s paw pads to protect them from the heat.
We recommend that you review your dog’s behavior during these summer months. Some warning signs of burned pads are limping, refusing to walk, and licking or chewing at the feet.
Use paw creams and ointments that can help sooth for your pet’s paws and keep them moisturized. Finally, check your dog’s paws regularly and if you see any signs of damage, be sure to take them to the vet.
Enjoy the Summer
We know that you want to enjoy the summer with your pet. And with these precautions in mind, we’re sure that these long days of summer will be filled with nothing but fun memories.
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