Summer has arrived, and it’s time to remind dog owners and pet sitters about the dangers of hot pavement. Most people assume that a dog’s feet are tough enough to handle hot sidewalks and streets. While it’s true that their foot pads are generally tougher than your feet and mine, they are not nearly tough enough to handle the super hot pavement we experience in the middle of the day during the summer, and they will burn!
Burning a dog’s foot pads is especially worrisome for many reasons:
- Burns on the feet are difficult to heal because the dog is constantly walking on the wounds and re-damaging the skin.
- The wounds come into contact with lots of germs and bacteria that can lead to infection.
- The feet come into contact with pesticides and other chemicals, and the damaged skin doesn’t provide the usual protection from these poisons.
- Dogs sweat through their feet. (Did you know that?) Damage to the skin on the feet can prevent them from this important cooling mechanism, and they can be in greater danger for heat stroke.
- Burns are incredibly painful. That, coupled with the decreased ability to cool off can make them really miserable.
For all these reasons, we want to encourage you to walk your dogs early in the morning or after the sun goes down. If you have to walk dogs in the middle of the day, keep them in the grass as much as possible. You can test the pavement to see if it’s safe by placing the palm of your hand on the surface for ten seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their feet.
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Be wise… Bewaggle!