Keeping your dog's paw pads safe during the summer is important because hot pavement, sand, and other surfaces can potentially burn or injure them. For our friends in warmer climates this is a year round checklist we run through to make sure we are best protecting our dog's paw pads:
Avoid hot surfaces: This might sound obvious but it's necessary. Before heading out for walks, check the temperature of the pavement or sand with your hand. If it feels hot to the touch, it's likely too hot for your dog's paws. Opt for walks during cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening.
Walk on grass or shaded areas: Whenever possible, choose grassy or shaded areas for walks. These surfaces are generally cooler and gentler on your dog's paws.
Use paw protection: Consider using paw wax or balm to create a protective barrier on your dog's paw pads. Apply a thin layer before going out for walks to provide some insulation and prevent direct contact with hot surfaces. There are also paw protection boots available that can be worn during walks.
Keep paw hair trimmed: Long hair between the paw pads can accumulate debris and make your dog more susceptible to overheating. Regularly trim the hair between the paw pads to reduce the risk of matting and discomfort.
Hydration is key: Always carry water with you during walks to keep your dog hydrated. Hot weather can lead to dehydration, which can further impact your dog's overall well-being. This travel water carrier is a must have.
Regularly inspect paw pads: After outdoor activities, check your dog's paw pads for any signs of damage, such as cuts, blisters, or burns. If you notice any injuries, clean the area gently with mild antiseptic and consult your veterinarian if needed.
Remember, every dog is different, and some may be more sensitive to heat than others. Pay attention to your dog's behavior and cues, and adjust their outdoor activities accordingly to keep their paw pads safe during the summer.