There are many summer weather tips for pets that owners should be aware of. One of those tips is protecting your pet from heatstroke and often overlooked, your pets paws which can be easily damaged by the summer heat. Who doesn’t love taking their dog on a nice stroll? Many people forget one important detail, hot surfaces, especially pavement, can damage and burn a dog’s paws.
Be mindful of the temperature and where and when you walk your dogs. The best time to walk is in the morning or evening, when the pavement is cool. Try to avoid going during the afternoon hours because the pavement will reach it’s hottest temperatures, remember – sometimes during the summer the pavement gets hot enough to cook an egg.
Here’s a very eye-opening chart from the Humane Society of just what your dog is experiencing when they stand or walk on asphalt/ pavement in hot weather:
If you do end up taking your pooch on a walk during the warmer times of the day, be sure to stay on the grass and stick to shaded areas. Try to stay away from paved areas to avoid paw damage and burning. A shady park or a walk down local trails would be a great place to take your dog on a sunny afternoon!
Train your dogs paws! During cool times of the day, walk your dog on pavement or trails because the rough surfaces will toughen the pads on your dogs paws — making them tougher by providing a natural resistance to damage! You want your dog to have tough paws, but you don’t want them to get too dry or they will be more susceptible to cracking and cuts, which will then be easier to contract more damage/ burns.
Consider moisturizing your dogs pads daily with paw wax, especially in hot weather to prevent injuries and burns. Try to apply the moisturizer before bed — when they won’t be walking around. If your dog is one to lick it off, try and put on doggie socks after applying the moisturizer over night. Consistently moisturizing and performing these tips will leave your dog paw happy!