Summer is here! It’s crucial to remember that our dogs rely on us to keep them safe and comfortable. While we often take precautions to protect ourselves from the hot sun, we sometimes overlook the fact that they are also susceptible to hot surfaces, particularly when it comes to their paws. Here are some essential tips to help you protect your dog’s paws on hot days to ensure their well-being and prevent any injuries.
Schedule Walks During Cooler Times
Not only is it excellent for the dog parent, but it is also vital to schedule walks during cooler times of the day for your dog. Plan to take your walks in the early mornings or late evenings when the pavement has had time to reach a lower temperature. Avoid walks in mid-day or afternoon, as it can be the hottest part of the day. This prevents your dog from harm, as the ground can burn or blister their paw pads.
Choose a More Shaded Walking Route
If you can, opt for a walking route that is in the shade. If the other side of the street is more shaded than the side you are on, consider crossing over to reduce heat on their paws or them overheating. Grass areas can also alleviate the chances of your dog’s paws getting too hot and is also generally a more comfortable surface for them to walk on.
Protective Paw Wear
If your dog does not mind the feeling, consider investing in dog booties or paw protectors. It may take some time for your dog to adjust to wearing booties but training them gradually will make the process easier. These shoes act as a barrier between their pads and the hot ground, preventing burns or blisters.
Moisturize Paw Pads
Regularly moisturizing your dog’s paws can help reduce the risk of cracking or drying out, making them more resistant to hot surfaces. Visit our store to purchase balm specifically for your dog’s paw pads!
The “Five Second Test”
If you are still determining if it is safe for your pet to walk on pavement, perform a simple five-second test. Place the back of your hand on the pavement or ground and hold it there for five seconds. If it feels too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog’s precious paws! Consider an alternative time or surface to prevent discomfort or potential injuries.
Just as we pet parents protect our sensitive skin from the sun, we must always remember to protect our dogs from the same sun that scorches down on us. Protecting your dog’s paws from hot surfaces is essential for responsible pet ownership. By planning walks strategically, using protective paw wear, moisturizing their paw pads, and seeking out shaded areas, you can safeguard your dog’s paws. Remember, their comfort and safety depend on your proactive measures, so prioritize their paw health and enjoy the summer together!