High summer temperatures heat up the asphalt, cement and sidewalks. For dogs who live in the city, this can be a problem. They don’t wear shoes, of course, and so their paws may get burnt, which can be very painful.
There are some solutions, though. You could forgo the usual route on your next walk and go through grassy areas instead. You can moisten your dog’s paws, use boots or creams to protect their pads, and treat any wounds as soon as they appear.
Paw burns from hot sidewalks
One of the greatest dangers for your dog if you live in an urban area is cement and pavement. High summer temperatures heat up the city sidewalks and pavement to dangerous levels. The pavement accumulates a lot of heat. After the sun has been shining for a few hours, the sidewalks basically turn into a radiator, emitting heat and burning dogs ‘ paws.
When you can’t avoid walking on cement, we suggest using dog booties. Any kind of footwear can be a big help. There are specific boots designed for dogs to protect their paws from hot asphalt.
Protective creams for pads
There are specific creams for dogs, because humans have a totally different pH. They moisturize and nourish your dog’s paws and keep the pads from cracking.
They usually have a greasy quality similar to Vaseline. Basically, they harden the skin of their pads to make them stronger and more resistant to hot surfaces. Apply the cream as soon as you get home. Also note: it is very important to pre-wash with soap and water the area you’ll be applying the cream.
Disinfect the cut with a 50% solution of water and iodine. There are also aerosol sprays that can be taken on walks, as part of a first aid kit. They are very effective at stopping the bleeding.
There is wax that you can apply directly to your dog’s pads to protect them from hot pavement. You can use it any time he might need extra protection on a walk. You’ll find it in pet stores and veterinary clinics, along with moisturizing creams and lotions.
Sticky pads, an innovative solution
You can now find sticker-like pads on the market. To use them, remove them from the packaging and just stick them to your furry friend’s paws. You can find them in any home products store, and all you have to do is cut them to size. These adhesive pads are a quick solution to minimize the dangers of hot pavement and prevent injury. They’re even non-slip.
There’s another similar solution out there as well — silicone sheets. They are reusable, easy to cut and and water-resistant. They are sold in pharmacies.
Follow the tips above and protect your dog from hot pavement this summer!