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If the sidewalk is too hot for you, then it is also too hot for your dog.

Jun 28, 2012 | Arizona Pet Health

It’s a beautiful summer day, so you lace up your shoes to go out and enjoy the day.  If your dog is going to join you during the heat of the day, you may want to consider doing the same for your dog.  The sidewalks and asphalt can heat up to 150 degrees in the Phoenix heat and can easily burn a dog’s paws. Remember to protect your dog’s paws from the scorching summer temperatures. Within a few seconds of contact, your dog could suffer third-degree burns.

The best advice is to take your dog out in the early morning, before it heats up.  And when at all possible, have the dog walk on the grass. If it is necessary to take the dog out during the day there are a few ways to shield the dog’s paws. If your dog can tolerate them, slip on a pair of booties or dog shoes.  Another alternative could be to apply paw wax before you head out, as it dries in seconds.  A third option could be felt pads that stick to the bottom of the dog’s paws.

Remember that a dog’s paws are one location that they release sweat. So, in order for the dog to cool off, it is important that you remove the booties, shoes, or pads whenever possible. Before you head out the door with your dog, think about whether or not you’d be comfortable barefoot…if the sidewalk is too hot for you, then it is also too hot for your dog too!

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.