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Pause to Help Hot Paws

Pause to Help Hot Paws
Pause to Help Hot Paws

At the peak of a summer’s day, outdoor surface temperatures can reach triple digits. Sand, sidewalks, and unshaded dirt paths can feel hot to the touch. You wouldn’t risk walking barefoot in such heat, so imagine what it’s like for your dog.

While your pet may look forward to a day at the beach or hiking a trail with the family, their tender paws could crack and bleed if exposed to the hot ground, leading to more serious problems with their health. It’s important to watch how your dog behaves during extreme weather, and to ensure their time outdoors remains fun and free of discomfort.

Keep an Eye on the Thermometer

When possible, wait for cooler times of the day for walks and other outings. Early mornings, after sunset, and cloudy days may offer some relief for your pet’s paws.

Stay in the Shade

Going to the beach? Bring an umbrella to establish a shady spot when your dog needs to come out of the sun, and set a towel underneath just for them. When walking or hiking, stick to paths with good coverage or grassy dog parks with space to run.

Don’t Forget the TLC

We moisturize our hands and feet to keep them from cracking, and we should do the same for the tender skin on our dogs’ paws. Applying a paw cream or balm regularly can not only aid your dog in future outings, but it’s a nice opportunity to bond and encourage some quiet time with your pet. Care-A-Lot Pet Supply offers a selection of skin and coat ointments that help with heat rash and other abrasions.

When your dog’s tail wags at your first touch to the door leading outside, you know you’re in for an enjoyable day in the sunshine. Be mindful of where they step and have the right supplies on hand so their paws remain soft and healthy.

 

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