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Hot Pavements and Dogs

Hot weather warms the soul but it can easily burn our furry pals paws.  Here are some things to keep in mind about dogs and hot pavements:

  • The pavement can get much hotter than the air temperature. If the weather forecast advises a temperature of 30c (86°F), the pavement in direct sun could be 55° (131°F), which is hot enough to burn a dog’s paws in 60 seconds.

Dogs with thin or light-coloured paw pads are more susceptible to burns.

  • Dogs with short hair or no hair on their paws are also more susceptible to burns.
  • If you’re not sure if the pavement is too hot, err on the side of caution and don’t walk your dog on it.

Here are a few things you can do to protect your dog’s paws from hot pavement:

  • Test the pavement with the back of your hand before you walk your dog on it. If you can’t hold your hand on the pavement for seven seconds, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening, when the pavement is cooler.
  • Keep your dog on grass or in the shade as much as possible.  All of our paddocks are grass and there are pools and sun-sails in all.
  • If you cannot avoid pavements and your dog is at risk you must put booties on your dog’s paws.

It’s important to be aware of the dangers of hot pavement and take steps to protect your dog’s paws. By following these tips, you can help keep your dog safe and comfortable on hot days.

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