Too Hot for Paws! Summer Pet Safety Graphic

Too Hot for Paws! Summer Pet Safety Graphic

It is HOT! Every dog is different, so I’m going to trust the owners to know what their dog can handle. However, many folks don’t realize just how frickin’ hot the pavement is on a summer day! The sidewalk may be shaded at the moment, but it could’ve been cooking up to Pancakes-cooking temps all day long. It doesn’t have to be black tar, either—sandy stuff and lighter-colored cement get scorching hot, too! The safe thing to do is to not guess, and check often: really put down your hand or stand with bare feet. The simple rule is this: Don’t guess. If it’s even a little hot for your hand or feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

If you’re already out and about and are caught on a stretch of hot surface, try finding patches of grass or dirt. You’d think they’d just choose cooler surfaces on their own, but not always. If all fails, just gotta pick up your dog. I’ve had to do that, too! I carried MP “scoop” style, like those warehouse crate mover things. You know, where you stick your extended arms under the arm pit and belly.

Some people drench towels and set it down so that your dog can stand or sit on it. Do be careful after they’re wet, though, because wet paws can burn much worse than dry paws on scorching pavement. Tzzzzzzzzzz! So, really make sure the ground isn’t too hot before trekking away with wet paws after swims and dips in the water.

We all know that some dogs can be unbelievably stoic. They don’t always show you (like my picture) that they’re in pain—until their paws are severely injured. Be proactive and touch the ground with your hands frequently, and definitely watch out for any signs of discomfort.

And, repeat after me, please: If it’s too hot for my hands, it’s too hot for dog paws.

Let’s use common sense, and protect our pets during this super fun season!

Please share our little Summer Pet Safety infographic with all your dog friends! ?