Most people love summer for the great weather, clear skies, vacation opportunities and general feeling of freedom. Of course, summer isn’t always a favorite time of year for dogs, especially furry breeds with layered coats.
It’s not just the hot air temperatures that can make life a little more difficult on our furry companions over the summer. Hot surfaces such as pavement, blacktop and beach sand can also burn paws that are left unprotected. The temperature of asphalt and sand rises quickly—much faster and much hotter than the air temperature. You probably don’t realize this, because you won’t go very far in bare feet, but your dog can easily burn its paws when the weather gets especially hot.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to keep your dog inside all summer, or confine it to grass spaces, but it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers and plan accordingly. Here’s some information about how you can alter your walks and outdoor time and the kinds of dog supplies, such as dog boots in Henderson, NV, that can be of use to you:
- Always assess the concrete: If you’re heading out with your dog on a hot summer day, make sure to check the temperature of the concrete before you decide you’ll take a walk on paved surfaces. Put the back of your hand on the concrete. If it’s too hot for you to hold it there for at least five seconds, then it’s going to be too hot for your pup.
- Find alternate routes: Go exploring for new walking routes. You might consider going through paths in parks that are unpaved, or take your dog to a grassy field or dog park. Your own grassy backyard is also a great play area for your dog, and it’s close to home, so if your dog tires out, it can easily go inside, cool off and get some water.
- Time your walks: If possible, try to take your dog for walks in the morning or in the evening when the weather is cooler. The temperatures get much hotter in the middle parts of the day.
- Get some dog boots: There are many areas where it’s not so easy to avoid paved surfaces when walking your dog. If this is the case for you, you might wish to invest in some dog shoes or booties. You’re going to want to practice with this footwear around your home—your dog probably will not love it at first, and will need to get used to it, but over time your dog will become comfortable with the sensation of wearing dog boots in Henderson, NV and will walk well with them on.
- Always check your dog’s feet after walks: If you do walk your dog on asphalt or concrete during the summer, make sure to check the dog’s feet when you get home just to make sure they haven’t been burned. There are some products that you can use to soothe burns if they do occur.
For more information about keeping your dog’s paws comfortable this summer, contact The Soggy Dog about our selection of dog boots in Henderson, NV.
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