Typical day in Sydney, the sun is shining and the weather scorching hot. Most of us, despite whatever high reaching temperatures, will still take our dogs on walks to enjoy the warm summer weather. It is here when many of us forget about one important detail: hot pavement can burn a dog’s paws. It can be tempting to take your dog everywhere you go, can cause serious harm to your dog if you are not careful. Remember that if it feels too hot for you to leave your hands comfortably on the ground for at least 10 seconds, it can result in nasty burns on your dog’s paw pads.Here are our top 5 tips for paw protection.
Consider moisturising your dog’s feet to help prevent injuries such as cuts, cracks or peeling. Minor injuries like this can make your dog’s paws more susceptible to burns and other serious problems. Remember to never use human lotion on your dog’s paws because it could make them too soft and lead to injury. Rather, there are plenty of dog pad moisturizers on the market. You can ask your vet for a good recommendation or you can even make your own.
2. Keep On The Grass
If you end up taking your dog out during the warmer times of the day, try to stay on the grass or any shady areas during your walk. Try to stay away from sidewalks or any paved areas to avoid burning, take a slight detour if you need to to keep on the grass, your pooch will thank you for it.
If it’s a mild burn, immediately rinse their paws with an antibacterial soap and then loosely wrap with gauze. For more serious burns, make sure to visit your vet ASAP.
4. Dog Shoes/Socks
Dog shoes are one of the best ways to protect your dog’s paws from heat and potential injuries if your dog will wear them. If this seems like the right solution your dog that have rubber soles to offer the best protection. It is not for all dogs, however there will definitely be an adjustment period.
5. Wash and Check
Be sure to check your dog’s paw pads daily for any signs of damage and wash paws frequently. If you do happen to see a problem, or if your dog is acting strange on his/her feet, visit your vet.