THIS Is What Happens if You Walk Your Dogs on Hot Pavement

Walk early in the morning or at night, stick to the grass, put your dog in some shoes, or skip the walks altogether and go swimming instead!

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At this time of year, everywhere you go you see people walking their dogs.  But on the really hot summer days – 75 degrees and higher – you can’t help but wince when you see dogs being walked on streets and sidewalks.  Their paw pads are akin to having really callused feet, so remember, if it’s too hot for you walk barefoot, it’s too hot for them.  Please share so others are aware!

Pads aren’t always visibly burned when a dog’s been injured.  Here are some symptoms that those toes have been toasted:

  • Limping or refusing to walk
  • Redness or darkening of the pads
  • Swelling or blisters
  • Excessive licking and chewing of the feet

 

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You don’t want to keep your dogs cooped up when the weather is phenomenal, so how can you help keep them safe?  Well, in addition to making sure that you keep them hydrated on their walks, you can also protect their tootsies.

  • Stick to the five second rule – if you can’t hold the back of your hand on the asphalt or pavement for at least five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.
  • Try to take walks during the coolest times of the day – early morning and late evening.
  • Make sure you walk them in the grass as much as possible.

 

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  • Drive to a park and walk on hiking trails.
  • Boots aren’t just for winter! Amazon has a wide variety to choose from.  You can even run to a dollar store or drug store and grab some baby socks if there’s no time to hit up a pet store.  Shoes will also protect their feet from hot sand and sharp rocks and shells at the beach.
  • Moisturize their feets and use paw wax.
  • Take them swimming or to a splash pad instead!

But remember, water can soften the pads, so make sure to do even more to protect your dog’s feet after they’ve been swimming or splashing around.

 

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2 thoughts on “THIS Is What Happens if You Walk Your Dogs on Hot Pavement

  1. Ouch! Our dog when we let her out to go potty she has to walk across the sidewalk to get to the fenced in area and she sometimes refuses to even walk 3 feet because it hurts her paws. She does her duty and rushes back in when it’s ridiculously hot out.

  2. We have an event coming up, in hot weather, and it is on asphalt and people do bring their dogs,
    Is your “To Hot for Spot” available in poster form are the artwork so I can enlarge to poster size. We want to educate people that may not think about that when walking their pets through our event.

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