How to Keep Your Dog's Paws from Getting Burnt in the Summer

How to Keep Your Dog's Paws from Getting Burnt in the Summer
Francisco María García

Written and verified by the lawyer Francisco María García.

Last update: 22 December, 2022

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

How to prevent your dog's paws from getting burnt.

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.

Dog booties

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.

To get your furry friend used to his new boots, let him wear them at home first, so he can get acclimated to them before embarking on a longer walk.

Water fountains

Every town or city has a water fountain or pool that you could use to wet your pet’s paws as he walks on the streets. If you take him through an area like that and let him moisten his pads, he’ll feel more comfortable and be better protected.

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.

Treating wounds

When a sore, crack or wound appears on your dog’s feet, treatment is necessary. First wash with soap and water, and then apply some ice to reduce the inflammation.

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.

Protective wax

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

Dog paws.

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!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.