Veterinarians: Protect your dog's paws from hot pavement

KMBZ News Staff
July 08, 2019 - 4:52 am

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Veterinarians in the metro say on days like today, when the predicted high is 88 degrees, pet owners need to protect their animals' feet.

People should be careful before they allow a dog to walk on the sidewalk. One way to test the situation is to place your hand on the pavement. A dog's feet can be as sensitive as a person's.

"When you're not able to keep your hand down there for an extended period of time, that is hot enough that it could burn our pets' feet," said Dr. Matt Silvius, Eagle Animal Hospital in Riverside. "We just don't want that discomfort in our dogs to have to fight through that when they don't have to."

If your dog is hurting, he or she will likely give some signals that they're in pain, like limping or lifting a paw, Silvius said.

Some ideas for pet owners in the summer:

  • Walk the dog when it's cool
  • Stay on the grass
  • Moisurize the dog's paws
  • Use paw wax
  • Try dog shoes, including disposable booties or old socks
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