Sunday, August 8, 2021

Hot Pavement Warning! Paw Pads Can Burn!


Summer weather brings hot pavements. Walking dogs on hot pavements during the summer poses a significant risk of paw pad burns. Dogs' paw pads lack the protection against extreme temperatures. The sensitive skin on their paw pads can quickly burn and become injured when exposed to scorching surfaces. High temperatures on pavements, especially black ones, can reach levels that are unbearable for dogs, causing discomfort and potential harm. It's crucial for pet owners to be attentive to signs of discomfort or limping during walks and to check the temperature of the pavement with the back of their hand before venturing out. 

Opting for walks during cooler parts of the day, choosing shaded routes, and investing in protective dog booties can significantly reduce the risk of paw pad burns and ensure a safer and more enjoyable outdoor experience for our pups. Please don’t assume your pet's paw pads are sufficient on hot pavements.  Many pet owners just don’t realize that their pets paw pads can burn. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws! Try to avoid the black pavement and stick with grass and sidewalks wherever possible. We also encourage you to look on your favorite pet retailer’s website for shoes or booties for your dog! 

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