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Posted on 07-25-2017
Summer heat can be uncomfortable, but at least you've got shoes. Your pet doesn't have any barrier between their paws and hot concrete, and pets can overheat as a result. Learn why summer heat is dangerous for your pup's paws and how to protect your pet.
Asphalt, sand, and other surfaces retain heat. When you walk your dog on a beach or sidewalk, or leave your pup outside in a concrete yard, they risk damaging their paws. Just like you might get a sunburn from sun exposure, your pet can burn their feet so it's painful to walk.
Pets also absorb heat through the pads of their feet. In extreme cases, solar heat from pavement can escalate your dog's body temperature so they experience heat stroke, which is a potentially life-threatening condition.
Burns on the feet are preventable, once you are aware of the dangers. Before you walk your pet, touch the pavement for 10 seconds. If the pavement is uncomfortably hot to your touch, it will be uncomfortably hot to your pet's paws.
Rather than walk your pup in mid-day, when the sun is hottest, walk them in the morning or evening, when the pavement will be cooler. Instead of walking your pup on sidewalks, walk them in a park or forest, where the grassy terrain is cooler.
Finally, if you must walk your pet on a sidewalk, protect their feet from getting burned by using pet booties.
Signs that your pet burned their feet are not wanting to walk, limping, blisters on their feet, or chewing their feet. If you notice any of these signs, reserve an appointment with our veterinarian in Greensboro. We can treat your pet's burns, reducing their discomfort.
Do you need a Greensboro Animal Hospital appointment for your pet? If so, we are here to help with everyday wellness care or summer pet emergencies. Reserve your appointment with our veterinarian in Greensboro by calling us at (336) 292-4753.
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