How to look after your pooch’s paws when it’s hot!

Our hotter months can be tough on our furry friends’ paws, but there are easy ways to keep them safe. Here's how to avoid your dog burning their paws on hot pavements.

November 10, 2023

Did you know that when it’s hot, the pavement or road temperature can be twice as high as the air temperature – imagine walking on a 52C pavement in bare feet. Ouch!

Our furry friends don't have the luxury of footwear, and a hot surface can spell disaster for their precious paws. Here's some advice to make sure your dog stays happy and safe during those warmer months.

The easiest way to decide if the pavement will be too hot is to use the ‘Seven Second Test’.

Gently touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

In the hotter months:

  • Choose cooler times for walks, like early morning or late evening.

  • Provide plenty of shade and water and toss in some ice cubes for extra refreshment.

  • Whenever possible, walk your dog on grass, such as at your local park.

  • Avoid exercising your dog in extreme heat. 

  • Consider taking your dog to shaded walking trails with lots of trees for cooler paw-friendly paths.

  • Never leave your pet in a car, as temperatures can skyrocket inside even with the windows open.

  • Be cautious about putting your dog in the back of a Ute, as the metal can become scorching.

  • Avoid these summer pet hazards.

  • And remember that sand can also get very hot.

Taking care of your dog's paws in the heat can make a world of difference in their comfort and safety. So, keep those pups cool and happy on those scorching summer days!

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