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Ouch the Pavement is Hot- Save Your Paws

Is this really one of the hottest summers on record? If not, it should be. That heat dome that sat over us and put our temperatures up to 106 was deadly hot! We are feeling thankful for this rain because we really need it, but even when we are not in triple-digit temperatures, we are still in the ’90s and that is still very hot on our dog’s paws.

Asphalt and concrete get pretty hot in the summertime. What is a dog owner to do? Dogs have sensitive paws and they can easily get burnt when you walk them on hot surfaces. If you can not leave your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog to be on. Try this trick and when you do, don’t try to say well it was really hot but I was ok because your dog will have his paw on there for a lot longer. When you put your hand on hot pavement for 10 seconds and it was in any way uncomfortable for you, it will be uncomfortable for him.

Tips to Keep Dog Paws Cool

We have some tips for you that may come in handy.

  • Do not walk during the hottest part of the day. Wait until evening or walk in the early morning.
  • Buy dog wax to put on your dogs’ paws this will help protect them. You can pick this up at most pet supply stores.
  • Buy dog footwear so they can walk anytime. This may take your dog some time to get used to. Read our great blog on protective footwear for dogs. You can also watch this video on how to put on dog boots.
  • If possible, stick to dirt or grass as much as possible.

How Hot Is It?

People often ask how hot the pavement really is. According to the American Medical Association here is some information.

Air Temp              Asphalt Temp

77                           125

86                           135

87                           143

As you can see it does not even have to be very warm to be too hot for your dog. Walking for 60 seconds on 125-degree pavement can lead to skin destruction.

Make sure to be careful when walking your dog this summer. If they are showing any signs of discomfort, it is best to stop the walk. This can include holding their foot up, limping, and more. If you think your dog was injured due to hot pavement, take them to a vet to get looked at. Remember, burns hurt!

Taking your dogs out for walks is one of the best things you can do for their physical and mental health, but make sure you take care of their safety too. Get your dog microchipped. It is much easier than you might think for your dog to break away from his leash, especially if he is trying to escape the hot pavement. If he gets separated from you, having a microchip will help him be brought back to you quickly.