Protecting your dog’s paws in hot temperatures

 

Summer temperatures mean hot pavement, and this can be troublesome to your dog’s paws.  Running on hard pavement can be tough on feet too.  To decide if the pavement is safe for your dog to walk on, test the temperature with your own bare feet, if it is too hot for your feet, don’t let your dog risk blisters and burns on his pads by walking or running on it.

After your pet has been swimming be careful on hard surfaces( running around the  pool deck or dock) as their time in the water may have softened their pads and make them even more prone to blisters and burns.  Water soaked pads just like water soaked feet are softer and burn faster.

Running on asphalt or interlock may also result in wearing the surface of the pads which is very painful and something that should be avoided.

 

Signs of burned pads:

 

–         limping or refusing to walk

–         licking or chewing at the feet

–         pads appear darker in colour

–         missing part of the pad

–         blisters or redness

 

If you do notice a burn or the pad appears red, keep the area clean and cool,  and take the dog to a grassy area.  Take your dog to the vet for possible pain medication, antibiotics, or maybe a bandage on the paws.  Some dogs will tolerate a sock to keep the area clean but caution is advised for dogs that may chew and potentially ingest the sock.  Lick deterrents (bitter sprays) may help reduce the damage caused by licking.

 

Try walking on grass or lay down a wet towel for dog to stand on if grass is not available.

The best advice is to be mindful of hot surfaces and avoid them whenever possible.

 

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