The hot summer months are just around the corner, and just as we had to protect our little one’s paws during the winter, the same caution needs to be taken in the summer.
Chances are if you ever walked down the street barefoot in the summer you would feel the shooting and burning pain caused by the hot concrete that covers the city. Did you know that our dogs feel this same heat? Although their once soft little pads are now thicker and more calloused, they can still burn. Here are some tips on how to protect the paws of your furry friends and still enjoy a great summer together.
Avoid Hot Concrete And Asphalt
The most obvious tip is to avoid walking on hot concrete. Try walking in grassy and shaded areas to give your dog some relief. You should also adjust your schedule and take walks when it’s cooler outside, like morning and evening, when the ground is cooler.
Invest In Booties
If you can’t change your schedule or live too far from a park, you can always pick up some dog boots. The protective layer will definitely help keep their paws safe.
There are several different brands of dog paw wax on the market and you can pick some up at your local pet store. The wax is designed to protect your dogs paws from salt in the winter and heat in the summer.
Make sure to keep an eye on your dogs paws and check them out thoroughly after a walk on a hot day. Your dogs paws may be burned if:
- They are licking and chewing their feet
- There are blisters and redness
- Their paws are darker than usual
- They are walking with a limp
- Missing part of the pad
READ MORE: WINTER PROOFING YOUR DOGS PAWS
Don’t forget to be wary of the beach as the temperature of sand can also soar. Wet paws from the water can be especially susceptible to burns.
If you think your dog has suffered a severe burn, please contact your veterinarian immediately.