How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws from Hot Pavement

How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws from Hot Pavement

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As the temperatures rise, hot pavement becomes a significant hazard for our dogs. Dog paw pads are sensitive and can easily burn on scorching surfaces, causing pain, blisters, and even more serious injuries.

 

 

Pet owners must realize the risks of hot pavement and take preventative measures to protect their dog’s paws during the summer months. Understanding these dangers and implementing the following protective strategies can ensure your dog enjoys safe and comfortable walks, even on the hottest days. 

 

Here are 4 ways to protect your dog’s paws from hot pavement.

 

1. Test the Ground with Your Hand

Before walking, place the back of your hand on the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. 

2. Choose Cooler Times to Walk

Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the ground is cooler. 

3. Use Protective Paw Wax

Paw wax is an effective and affordable product that helps protect your pet from injury. Applying a thin layer of paw wax to your pet’s paw pads creates a barrier against the hot surface. Bonus, the wax is also great in the winter to protect against ice melt! 

4. Stick to Grass and Shaded Areas

Walk your dog on grass or in shaded areas to minimize contact with hot asphalt whenever possible. 

 

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Angelika Demers, CVT

Clinical Supervisor

Angelika started her animal health career in 2014 when she attended the University of Maine Augusta, Bangor campus, for Veterinary Technology. She graduated in early 2018 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician later that year. Her internship, and first veterinary field job, was at the MSPCA Angell in Boston, where she discovered her interest in emergency medicine. Throughout the years, she has continued to advance her knowledge in the field of emergency medicine, but also in cultivating relationships with patients and clients alike to offer the best quality care. Outside of work she likes hanging out with her cat, Mew, spending time outdoors, watching game shows, and photography.