Summer is in full bloom in the Valley, and that means you must be more aware of your dog’s sensitive feet during your regular walks. If you are unsure if the ground is too hot for your dog’s paws, then read on for a few easy signs.
It is too hot for your bare skin.
One of the quickest ways to tell if the ground is too hot is by placing your own foot or hand on the ground. Go to the area where you commonly walk with your dog and place your bare skin onto the ground for 10 seconds. If you cannot keep your hand or foot there, or it feels very hot, then it will be too hot for your dog’s paws. This will be the same for various surfaces you may encounter, such as pavement, wood, metal, asphalt, and sand.
It is the hottest part of the day.
It can feel hot throughout the day and evening once summer truly heats up. However, there are certain times that will be the hottest and you and your dog should avoid being outside. Typically, from noon until after 3 p.m. will be the hottest hours of the day. It will be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for you and your dog to walk during these hours. Schedule your walks in the late evening or early morning to take full advantage of cooler pavement.
Your dog is clearly uncomfortable.
There are certain ways to tell if your dog is in pain or uncomfortable from the hot ground. The most obvious sign will be your dog continually lifting his feet awkwardly. However, he may also limp, refuse to walk, or worry at his feet and paw pads. If it is clear that your dog feels uncomfortable, then find a cooler surface and examine your dog’s paws for any blisters or wounds.
Keep your dog healthy and comfortable year-round with the veterinarians and staff of Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale. Please call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment.