Summertime means hotter temperatures but what does that mean for your four-legged friends? Four Paws International says the high heat during the summer can make asphalt extremely dangerous for dog paws.
If the air temperature ranges from the high 70, the asphalt temperature can reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside temperatures anywhere from 80 – 90 degrees can reach at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit on the pavement. The Skyview Veterinary Hospital in Billings says a dog’s paws can burn on the pavement outside in 80-degree weather.
Symptoms of burns can be red or swollen paws, visible blisters, and even charred skin. If burns occur, try cooling their paws off by running them under water. Make sure the water is not ice cold. You could also bandage the burnt paws or protect them by putting clean socks on their paws. Another way to treat burned paws is using ice but take extra precautions when using this method. Improper use of ice can lead to tissue damage to the paws.
There are several ways to avoid this from happening. Try walking your dog earlier in the day or later in the evening when temperatures are not as hot. You could also walk your dog on grass or in meadows to avoid the hot pavement. If you cannot avoid walking on hot pavement, have your dogs wear booties.
Before walking your dog, test the pavement by putting the back of your hand on the asphalt for about seven to ten seconds. If it is too hot for your hands, it is too hot for your dog.