Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM
With summer just around the corner, it’s important to keep our dogs in mind when it comes to the heat. Today I will be giving a few tips on keeping their paws safe on the hot summer pavement.
- There are a variety of products on the market to try and cover dog’s feet such as doggie shoes. Make sure any shoes or booties are not too thin, so the dog’s feet don’t still get burned.
- Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when the pavement is not hot.
- If your dog’s feet are prone to cracking or peeling, they may burn more easily. Some people have success with moisturizing their dogs’ feet with products like Bag Balm. Make sure to rub it in well and distract the dog for a little bit so the dog doesn’t lick it right off.
- If you take your dog outside during the hot part of the day, keep them on the grass.
- Some dogs may enjoy going out in a stroller or wagon if they must be outside during the hottest part of the day.
- If going a short distance over hot pavement, you can try carrying your dog.
Signs a dog may have burned paws are limping or holding up a leg, pain when touching the foot/paw pad, excessively licking a foot, or paw pads are visibly damaged or blistered. If you think your dog has burned their paws, consult with your veterinarian asap.
Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.