Tips to Protect Your Dog’s Paws from Hot Pavement

Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming & Education, Espree Animal Products

It’s that time of year again… the warm summer months, many owners like to take their dogs out for long walks.  It is a great way to spend some quality time with your four- legged friend, but many owners forget one very important detail.…. hot pavement will burn your dog’ s feet.  It is tempting to take your dog everywhere with you, but you can cause serious harm to your pet if you aren’t extremely careful and cautious about outside temperatures.  If the asphalt is too hot for your feet, then it is too hot for your dog’s feet.  Hot asphalt can result in horrible burns on the pads of your dog’s feet.  This is especially true if you have a young puppy with tender pads.

Here are some tips to help protect your dog’s feet from the hot pavement during the hot summer months:

1. Walk your dog early morning or evening when it is a bit cooler outside. The pavement is the hottest in the afternoon or early evening, so avoid the pavement with your pooch during this time.

2. Stay on the grass when it is hot! When you are taking your dog on walks, try to stay in the shad and on the grass whenever you can.  Remember when the asphalt is so hot that you can cook an egg on it, it will more than likely burn your dog’s feet.

3. Moisturize your dog’s feet.  Try to keep provide protection to lock in hydration to the pads of the feet.  Dry pads are more susceptible to cracking, abrasions, and peeling.  Dry pads have a tendency to be more susceptible to burns from hot pavement. Consider moisturizing your dog’s pads daily, especially in hot weather, to help prevent injuries and burns.

4. Toughen up your dog’s feet.  During the cooler seasons and cooler times of the day, try walking your dog on the pavement. The hard and rough surfaces will toughen the pads of the feet.  This will provide a natural resistance to damage from hot surfaces.

5. Use Paw Balm. Espree’s Paw Balm can be easily applied to the pads.  Paw Balm is designed to protect your dogs feet from potentially harmful surfaces by helping to provide a protective barrier.

These tips will help keep your dog’s feet safe from the dangers of hot pavement during the summer months.  Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog from any other heat related injuries as well.

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