If you’ve ever walked barefoot on hot pavement on a sweltering summer day, you know how painful it can be. Pavement can reach 140 degrees on a scorching day! That doesn’t feel good on your feet, and it sure doesn’t feel good on your pup’s paws.
But how do you know when the pavement is too hot for your dog? Here are a few easy ways to figure it out:
Test the pavement yourself
One easy way to tell whether the pavement is too hot for your dog is to place the back of your hand or bare foot on it for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog as well.
What are the hottest surfaces?
Asphalt tends to be the hottest, with red brick and concrete coming in close. Asphalt can reach 125 degrees even if the air temperature is a comfortable 77 degrees. At that temperature, skin (and paw) damage can occur in as little as 60 seconds.
Your dog will likely walk on hot surfaces without complaining, but that doesn’t mean she’s not in pain. If you see your dog licking her paws after a walk, she’s likely trying to repair damage from first- or second-degree burns.
So what do you do during hot weather?
If you’re taking your dog to a park, try carrying him from the car to the grassy area. If going to the park isn’t an option, take your dog outside only to use the bathroom and save longer walks for after dark.
Now that you’ve learned more about how to care for your dog’s paws during the summer months, you might be thinking it’s time to take one home! At Pauley’s Pups, we have an adorable assortment of puppies and toy breeds for you to meet. Contact us at 804-798-7877 to learn more about finding your new best friend.