With summertime and quarantine in full swing, many pet owners are turning to a tried and true activity to get out of the house: take the dog for a walk. While this seemingly harmless activity is a no-brainer in your routine with your dog, have you stopped to think about the effects of the hot pavement on your dog’s paw pads? Humans have protection via shoes, but our dogs must endure walking on the pavement regardless of how hot it is outside.
How Can You Tell If It’s Too Hot?
Our veterinarian in Bridgeport has a simple trick on how to determine if it’s too hot for your dog on the pavement. Simply take the back of your hand and hold it against the pavement for 5 seconds. If your hand becomes too hot during that time, it’s a sign that your dog shouldn’t be walking on it. We recommend finding a nearby grassy patch to let your dog walk around and go to the bathroom so you don’t risk any damage.
Other Warning Signs
You may also notice that your dog is picking up a particular paw or two while walking. They may also whine to vocalize the pain that they’re feeling. The temperatures will cause a physical burn on the paw pad of your dog and can result in blistering. Since dogs walk so often, these blisters and sores can easily become infected, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you have additional questions on how to navigate warm temperatures and your dog’s paw pads, please reach out to our veterinarian in Bridgeport for help.