These injuries do happen, and can become severe enough to blister their paw pads. Ouch! These burns, due to their location, are also prone to becoming infected from the dirt and debris they come into contact with.

Test the sidewalk with the back of your hand, holding it there for 7 seconds – if it is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s feet! Avoid walks during the hottest point of the day, venturing out during the cooler morning or evening hours, and try to stick to grassy areas.

There are also products you can purchase at most pet stores to help protect those paws! Paw wax and special summer booties are great ideas for helping your pet stay cool and safe.

If you have any questions about how to help keep your dog safe & happy during the hot summer season, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!