Hot Paws

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I’ve talked about the danger of leaving a dog in a hot car, today I want to talk about another summer issue for dogs. On a hot day, the sidewalk or sand can become painfully hot. Your good dog can burn the soft pads on the bottom of it’s feet.

Prevention is simple, if it’s really hot out, wait until it’s cooler in the evening before venturing out. Here’s a simple test you can do, put the back of your hand on the pavement,  if you can’t keep it there for a count of five seconds, it’s too hot for your good dog. If you must go out try to avoid hot surfaces & stay on grass or in the shade if at all possible. If your dog will tolerate them, you can use doggie boots just like in winter.

Burnt pads may not be noticeable right away. The dog may limp or refuse to walk. There might be blistering or swelling & the dog may lick the sore pads persistently. If your dog has burned his or her paws you should get them to a vet or emergency as soon as you can. The vet will  examine your dog for signs of deeper burns, blisters & possibility of infection & will determine if antibiotics or pain medication is needed.

Washing the feet with a gentle cleanser and keeping them clean is important. Licking must be kept to a minimum. Some dogs will tolerate a sock to keep the area clean, but be careful, some dogs may chew or ingest the sock. Lick deterrents (bitter sprays) may help reduce the damage caused by licking.

We all love our walks. But not if it leads to very sore feet. Stay safe this summer.

CEO Olivia

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