Can your dog burn his paws in the summer? With the arrival of summer and high temperatures which arrive earlier and earlier due to climate change, our dogs run the risk of burning their paws through contact with the cement or asphalt of the ground.
We are protected by our sneakers or our sandals, but the dogs have no protection. However, soil that has been exposed to the sun all day at high temperatures burns a lot.
It is essential to prevent our dog from burning his paw pads, because it would cause him a lot of pain and he would end up limping, unable to walk properly. Also, his burns will take time to heal and can easily become infected.
How do I prevent my dog from burning his paws in the sun?
The first thing to use is our common sense. Dogs are covered in thick, profuse fur and over an inch of body fat that protects them from the cold.
But in the summer, fur and fat work against them, causing their body temperature to rise very easily. We should avoid walking our dogs when there is direct sunlight and/or the temperature is above thirty degrees.
asphalt or cement pavements and paths heat up very easily, reaching temperatures capable of burning the paw pads of our dogs in just a few minutes. In addition to the danger to which we expose our dog, because an excess of temperature can cause heat stroke, which very often can be fatal.
Dogs don’t like the heat, they don’t need to go to the beach when the temperature is very high and they are even less inclined to play sports when the sun is too strong. To prevent our dog from suffering the consequences of excessive heat in spring and summer and to prevent him from suffering from heat stroke or injury to his paws, we must follow these simple tips:
- Keep your dog hydrated at all times, with fresh, clean water available (in summer, it is necessary to change the water very frequently so that it is always fresh or at room temperature).
- Avoid walking during the hottest hours of the day, usually between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is best to take a nice walk in the morning, when the sun is not yet scorching, or in the late afternoon, when the weather is cooling.
- Do the hand test, lay the palm of your hand flat on the ground where the sun is shining directly. If you can hold it for more than 5 or 10 seconds without getting burned, your dog won’t get burned. If your palm is burning, don’t take your dog outside.
- There are special moisturizers (sold at veterinary clinics) to moisturize your dog’s paw pads and make them more resistant to burning.
- How do I know if my dog has burned his paws or pads?
If we notice our dog moaning while walking, limping, or licking his pads, he most likely suffered a heat burn. We can gently lift his paw and look at the pad.
If it is red or red, worn or damaged, he suffered burns. They should be treated immediately, as they can easily become infected.
Some dogs have black pads and some have flesh-colored pads, but none have naturally red pads. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate, he suffered burns from walking on too hot a floor.
- What should I do if my dog burns his pads?
The main thing is to go home or to a place where the ground does not burn. If it is already embarrassing and harmful for our dog to walk on hot ground, imagine how painful it must be if his pads are burned (the skin is red and raw).
We have to wash the pads with cool water and soap to clean them. We can even use water from the refrigerator, which will be much cooler than tap water. Once the paws are clean, apply a solution of as much water as iodine (iodine is sold in pharmacies).
If the burns do not heal and/or if you notice an infection, it will be absolutely necessary to go to a veterinarian as soon as possible to start a specific treatment with antibiotics.