As the weather warms up and summer approaches, it is vital to remember to protect your canine’s paws from the heat. Your dogs’ paws have footpads and are likely to burn when walking on hot concrete or asphalt. A beneficial tip to remember that if it feels too hot for you to leave your hands comfortably on asphalt for at least 10 seconds, then it will be hot for your dog too. They may receive some burns on their paw pads as a result. Listed below are some tips to keep your furry friend from getting burned this summer.
- Walk your dog when it’s cool. The best time to walk your dog is in the morning or late evening when the asphalt is cool. This allows for both of you to spend time together and get outside. It is recommended to avoid walking your dog in the afternoon because the sun is high in the sky or early evening when the pavement is still hot.
- Stay on the grass when possible. It’s understandable if you need to take your dog out to relieve themselves in the afternoon. If this occurs, walk on the grass and in the shade. These areas will be much cooler on your dog’s footpads.
- Toughen your dog’s paws. When it is cool, walk your dog on the pavement. This aids in toughening up your dog’s paws and prevent potential burns that may occur in the future.
- Moisturize your dog’s paws. When a dog’s paw is dry, they become more susceptible to cracking and cuts. As a result, their paws become more vulnerable to burns from hot asphalt. You may want to moisturize your dog’s footpad’s often during the summer. Paw Nectar is a highly-rated treatment for dry, cracked paws. It is 100 percent natural and will not harm your dog if they lick it.
- Buy dog shoes. This is one of the best ways to protect your dog’s paws. Granted, your dog has to feel comfortable walking in them. There will be an adjustment time for your dog to tolerate the shoes and you may need some patience. Additionally, your dog may never adjust to wearing shoes and that’s okay too.
Symptoms of Burned Paws
- Limping or avoiding walking
- Licking or chewing feet
- Paw pads are darker in color than usual
- Pads are visibly damaged
- Blisters or redness
First Aid for Burned Paws
- Bring your dog inside right away. Carry your canine if necessary.
- Flush the paw with cold water or use a cold compress
- Try to not let your dog lick the injured footpad.
As soon as possible, take your dog to vet. The burns can become infected and your dog may need antibiotics or pain medication depending on the severity of the burn.
When we are aware of the temperature outside, we can protect our furry friends from any unnecessary burns. This allows for you and your dog to enjoy the warm weather and create lifelong memories. Happy Summer!