WOW….In Northern Virginia the Dog Days of Summer have arrived! It’s HOT out there. The legend is that it’s too hot this time of year even for dogs. That’s obvious when you see outdoor dogs lying under the porch with their tongues hanging out! The Dog Days of Summer occur during the hottest and muggiest days of the season. This is usually early July thru September.
Under this hot summer sun, asphalt on sidewalks and streets can heat to a temperature that can burn a dog’s paws.
If the sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your dog to walk on. Remember that while paw pads are “tough” they are also sensitive, and can be burned while walking on hot pavement. If possible, walk on grass or dirt, and check your pet’s paw pads to make sure there isn’t any redness or pain.
If you suspect your dog has burned paws, some of the signs include limping or refusing to walk, pads that have turned darker than usual, missing parts of a foot pad and visible blisters or redness. Some dogs even lick or chew their burned foot pad to try to obtain a measure of relief. To help relieve your dog you can rinse the wounds with cool water or a cool compress and try to prevent your dog from licking his injuries. Then take him to the vet for a full exam.
If you can, take your pet for a walk in the early or late hours of the day. If that doesn’t work for you ask your favorite pet sitter to help out! Stay cool!