How To Keep Your Dog’s Paws Safe This Summer

In the hot summer sun, many surfaces to which your dog’s paws might be exposed to can become very, very hot, such as pavement, asphalt and beach sand. Even after the sun goes down, these surfaces can retain their heat for a long time, especially when it’s been a hot day. Temperatures on these surfaces have been measured at a scorching 145 degrees Farenheit!

Please be aware that these surfaces are a potential danger to your dog. Canines run a real risk of serious burns to their paws if they are exposed to these surfaces for any length of time.

Here’s how to protect your dog from burns to his paws due to a hot surface:

Try to avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day. Walk early in the morning before pavement has had a chance to heat up or walk late in the evening after it’s cooled down.

Always check the pavement for temperature prior to going for a walk with your dog. Place your hand palm down on the surface. If you cannot hold it there for a full 7 to 10 seconds without your hand becoming uncomfortable, then it’s too hot for your dog.

Walk on grass instead of pavement or bare ground in the summer if at all possible and avoid pavement completely.

Purchase a pair of protective booties for your dog to shield his paws from the heat.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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