Before you walk your dogs outside this summer, you must read this! Animals cannot communicate their emotions with us which means, they cannot completely let us know when something is hurting. How would you feel walking barefoot on the hot Arizona asphalt during the summer? It would NOT feel good, so why put your dogs through that? There are ways to prevent, protect and treat situations such as these. Here are the facts and some tips.
What level of hot is too hot?
First off, place your hand on the asphalt. If you cannot hold it there for longer than 10 seconds, your dog cannot handle it either. Just because it is a nice sunny, windy day doesn't mean the asphalt cools down. Here's a quick chart when considering if it is too hot for your animal or not.
Different ways to protect?
There are other ways to protect your puppy from getting their paws burnt! Do not let them walk on concrete or asphalt when it is hot outside. Opt for early AM walks or when the sun goes down. If you absolutely must walk them during the day, pick them up and put them down at the nearest grass patch. Another option are protective booties. It takes some animals a long time to get used to these, but provides them with a little more freedom. Stay alert for warning signs, such as limping or licking of the paws.
If you suspect your dog has burned paw pads:
Bring your dog inside right away. Carry your pet if necessary.
Flush the foot with cold water or use a cold compress.
Try not to let your dog lick the injured pad.
Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible because burns can become infected. Your dog might need antibiotics or pain medication depending on the severity of the burn. The vet can also rule out other possible causes of the symptoms. Paw licking can also be a sign of other problems, such as allergies.
We hope you take this as seriously as we do in this hot Arizona sun. If you notice the symptoms getting worse, visit www.phoenixvetcenter.com to schedule an appointment!