Summer may not begin for another few weeks, but summer temps are here already. As the ambient temperature rises, so does the temperature of the pavement. While walking your dog it is important to check the temperature of the pavement or sidewalk to ensure that it won’t burn their paws. Dog’s paw pads may seem very durable, but they are actually part of their skin and can very easily burn. Many times the burns don’t become apparent until after the walk or other outside activity.
Even minimal burns will be quite painful for several days while the paws heal. Your dog may even be reluctant to stand or walk. More severe burns can require veterinary care and may take weeks to fully heal. To avoid any of these painful situations, always check the temperature of the ground before walking your dog. To do this, firmly press the back of your hand onto the pavement for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, it’s too hot for them to walk on.
Walking early in the morning or late in the day is much safer as it is typically cooler. This can help to prevent burns as well as over-heating for your dog.