How to Protect Your Dog’s Feet in the Summer

Dog paw

Your dog may be excited that it’s summer outside but there can be many hot weather hazards. Besides suffering burns on their ears and noses, dogs can also suffer from paw pad burns from hot pavement. If you don’t want the hot weather to hamper your fun, try a few of these tips to get the most from your summer together. If you’re hiring a pet sitter from Simple Puppy, they already have this information.

1. Take short walks.

Shorter walks can help avoid really bad burns. You’ll also be closer to home, should you suddenly discover that your dog is becoming really uncomfortable touching the hot sidewalk.

2. Try grassy parks.

Instead of walking your dog over the hot concrete or pavement, head to the park where there is plenty of green grass for your dog to romp around. The grass stays naturally cool, and you can both benefit from the tree shade. You’ll both be able to enjoy your outdoor fun for longer.

Dog walking on grass
Dog walking on grass

3. Walk mornings or late evenings.

The weather is cooler earlier in the morning and later in the evening, and so is the pavement. Avoid that mid-afternoon heat by staying indoors. If you find that you don’t have as much time to spend outdoors during these times, split the time and go out in the morning and in the evening.

4. Consider the dog type.

Some dogs are more prone to paw pad burns than others. For instance, dogs that have thicker coats or a pushed-in nose, such as bulldogs, pugs, and terriers are more susceptible to overheating in the summer. Older dogs and overweight dogs are also more likely to get a paw pad burn.

5. Test the pavement.

Before you proceed, kneel down and touch the ground where you plan to walk your dog. You can use your hands or your bare feet. If you can’t hold your hands or feet on the ground for more than three seconds than it’s most likely too hot to walk your dog too.

6. Use moisturizing products.

There are special products made specifically for protecting your dog’s paw pads. Some are moisturizing lotions that you can rub into your dog’s paws. There is also paw wax which lasts longer. These products are safe for your dog, even if they lick their paws after application.

7. Dog shoes or boots.

Some people put little booties on their dog’s feet in the winter, but you can do the same in the summer. They have special shoes just for dogs. These shoes have rubber soles to protect your dog’s feet. There are also disposable booties that you can purchase. Start with lower priced ones in case your dog won’t tolerate them.

If your dog’s paws do get burned, take them to the vet immediately. They’ll be prescribed antibiotics, and you’ll learn how to cover them, to avoid your dog biting or chewing on them as they heal. With a bit of extra care, you and your dog can have an enjoyable summer together.

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