Protect Your Pooch This Summer
Your dog loves going on walks – sometimes so much that you have to spell it out when talking among humans so he doesn’t get too excited. But before you go on that W-A-L-K with your pup, make sure you protect his paws from hot pavement.
During the summer months, asphalt and cement absorb heat and can seriously damage your dog’s sensitive padding. If the surface is too hot for your bare feet, it will definitely be too hot for his, but how can you test this?
The Humane Society of the U.S. suggests this helpful tip:
Before stepping onto the road or sidewalk, put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.
Don’t be discouraged by the heat – you and your dog can still enjoy the summer months by following these guidelines:
- Walk your dog in the morning or early evening
- Stay on the grass
- Purchase special dog booties
- Purchase dog paw wax
- Heavy panting
- Dry or pale gums
- Increased drooling
- Deep and rapid breathing
Before your dog experiences any of the above, here’s how to regulate his temperature this summer:
- Being careful not to overexert your dog when enjoying the day
- Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
- Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating or overexertion
- Putting cloths soaked in cold water around his paws, in his armpits and on his head and neck
Pet Safety – Your Dog Will Thank You!
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