Are hot sidewalks dangerous for dogs?

The summer season is a great time to get outdoors with your dog, but responsible pet owners need to be mindful of the risks that warmer weather can bring.

The summer season is a great time to get outdoors with your dog, but responsible pet owners need to be mindful of the risks that warmer weather can bring. While it's common knowledge that pets shouldn't be kept in hot cars and need to have plenty of access to fresh, drinkable water, the heat can suddenly turn ordinary events into dangerous situations without people even realizing it.

The risks of hot pavement on paws
Have you ever slid out of your shoes on the deck at a pool and then found yourself needing to run to the water to protect your scorched feet? It's an unpleasant feeling, and one that can impact your pup's delicate paws as well. Walking dogs on hot sidewalks and roads can lead to significant injuries, according to The Dodo. The exposed skin on the pads of canine feet can be susceptible to significant burns if the surface is hot enough. 

To determine if the ground is too warm for your pooch to safely walk on, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends testing the surface with your own skin. Using either the back of your hand or your bare feet, try to press against the ground for five to 10 seconds. If you can't make it that long before you feel pain, it's too hot for your animal, too. 

Preventing and treating burns
If you find that the pavement is indeed too hot to walk on, try to keep your dog on grassy areas instead. You can use the Hartz® All in 1 Collar & Lead Combo to quickly and easily secure your little buddy so that it's confined to a safe area. 

When grassy areas just aren't an option for long walks, aim to head out in the morning or the evening when the temperatures drop. You can also pick up a pair of dog boots that can protect paws from scorching summer sidewalks.

Accidents can happen of course, so it's important to know how to treat a burn if your dog does get injured. Banfield recommends treating minor burns with antibiotics, pain medicines and bandages. You must call and talk to your vet before administering any drugs to your pup and to make sure its injuries don't require professional medical attention instead.


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