As a pet parent, you’re probably well aware of how dangerous summer temperatures can be for your beloved pet. But something more to consider, especially for dogs, is the surface temperature of the pavement during walks.
A dog’s paw pads are made of thick skin, but they are still vulnerable to burns. Pavement — with black asphalt being the worst offender — can heat up to an astonishing 60 degrees more than air temperature. And that hot pavement (also sand, metal or other heat-conducting surfaces) can burn paws.
Preventing burns and discomfort is straight-forward: don’t walk your dog in the hottest part of summer
days. Instead, choose early morning or late evening. For midday potty breaks, soft trails or grass will be more comfortable for your pooch. Note that after swimming, your dog’s paws may be more sensitive to heat, so plan ahead to keep them comfortable.
If in doubt as to whether or not the pavement is too hot for your pooch, put your bare hand on it: If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.
Source: Oregon Humane Society
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Josiah Moses, DVM Eastgate Veterinary Clinic