1. Check the Pavement
Before every walk, place the back of your hand on the pavement for 7 seconds to test the heat. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pup!
2. Schedule Exercise Accordingly
If your dog needs exercise, reserve walks for early in the morning before the sun is at its hottest, or later at night after the sun has gone down. Never walk during the hottest part of the day.
3. Avoid Hot Pavement
Be sure to always walk your dog in the grass or shade. Avoid hot surfaces during the day such as:
- Boat Docks
- Leather Seats
- Truck Surfaces
4. Pay Attention To Body Language
If your dog is refusing to walk, limping, or refusing to sit, the ground could be too hot. Remove your dog from the hot environment, check for burns, and seek medical help if you see anything unusual.
Look out for excessive licking or chewing of paws, or darkened skin pads- these could indicate burned paws.
5. Ditch The Cute Boots
We know dog booties are super cute, but dogs cool themselves by sweating through their mouths and paws. Booties will just trap heat in.
Resist the cuteness, and follow the steps above to ensure your pup’s paws stay burn-free this summer!