The summer heat can bring with it a dangerous possibility of severe burns to your dog’s paws. Though it may seem like the weather is fair, the heat of the asphalt can be climbing to sizzling temperatures. It’s important to educate yourself on the safe temperatures for walking, and how to test for burning asphalt!
When it comes to knowing how hot is too hot for your dog’s paws, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- The outside temperature is not indicative of how hot the asphalt is. Though it may be 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the asphalt can be almost double the temperature! This number only climbs with the warmer it gets outside. It only takes 60 seconds on a 75 degree day to develop burns on your dog’s paws.
- Test the heat of the asphalt on your own skin. Place the palm of your hand or the soles of your feet on the asphalt for 7-8 seconds. If the heat is too much for your skin to bare, it is too hot for your dog’s paws as well.
- Asphalt soaks up the heat all day long, and can only cool at a certain rate. This means that even when the sun is setting, asphalt temperatures can remain high. Just because the sun has set, does not mean you should hold off on testing the asphalt temperature.
- If there is no way to avoid the asphalt for your dog, look in to protective foot wear for your pet. There are several options to choose from for dog boots and pad care.
We may think that our dog’s paw pads are resilient due to their tough exterior, but they are still extremely susceptible to the dangers of the asphalt heat. Burns on the paw pad can be extremely painful, and tough to heal. Avoid any injury by knowing the dangers of the asphalt heat!
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