Hot Paws, Cool Walks: Tips for Safe Dog Walking in the Heat
As the sun shines bright and temperatures rise, it's important to remember that our furry friends need extra care during summer walks.
While dog walking is a fantastic way to keep your Sappy Paws companions happy and healthy, walking on scorching pavements can pose risks to their sensitive paws. In this blog, we'll explore some essential tips to ensure safe and enjoyable walks for your dogs, reducing the risk of burning their paws in the heat.
1. Timing is Key: Beat the heat by adjusting your walking schedule. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when the temperatures are cooler and pavements aren't scorching hot. Avoid walking during peak hours when the sun is at its strongest and surfaces retain maximum heat.
TIP: The Touch Test: Before venturing outside, perform a simple touch test to check if the pavement is safe for your dog's paws. Place the back of your hand on the pavement for a few seconds. If it feels uncomfortably hot, it's too hot for your dog's paws. Stick to grassy areas or wait for the pavement to cool down.
2. Invest in Paw Protection: Consider investing in dog booties or paw wax to protect your pup's paws from the heat. Booties provide a physical barrier between your dog's paws and the hot ground, while paw wax forms a protective layer to reduce direct contact with hot surfaces. Ask your vet about what wax is best for your pup's paws!
3. Walk on Grass or Shaded Paths: Choose routes with grassy surfaces or shaded paths for your walks. Grass and soil tend to be cooler than concrete or asphalt, offering a safer walking environment for your furry friend. Additionally, shaded paths provide relief from direct sun exposure.
4. Stay Hydrated: Carry a portable water bowl and a bottle of fresh water during your walks. Hydration is essential to keep your dog cool and prevent overheating. Offer water breaks frequently, especially if your walks are longer than usual.
5. Limit Walk Time: During hot days, keep your walks shorter to minimize the time your dog spends on hot surfaces. Allow them to rest in shaded areas and avoid overexertion. Shorter, more frequent walks are safer and healthier in high temperatures.
6. Observe Your Dog's Behavior: Keep a close eye on your dog's behavior during walks. Look for signs of discomfort, such as lifting paws, excessive panting, or reluctance to walk. If you notice any of these signs, find a cool spot immediately and check their paws for signs of burns.
Paw Care After Walks: After each walk, check your dog's paw pads for any signs of redness, blisters, or burns. Rinse their paws with cool water to soothe and clean them. You can also apply a vet-approved paw balm to moisturize and protect their paw pads.
Walking dogs safely in the heat is all about being mindful of their well-being and taking necessary precautions. By planning walks during cooler times, avoiding hot pavements, and using protective measures like booties or paw wax, you can reduce the risk of burning your pup's paws and ensure that every walk is a safe and enjoyable experience.
With your love and care, summer walks will continue to be a bonding and delightful activity for you and your furry companion. Happy walking, from our family here at Sappy Paws Breeding in Lebanon Oregon!