Summer is a time where you should be conscious of your dog's paws. In countries like the UAE, the heat can be extremely damaging to paw pads if they are not protected. Unsure where to start? We've got your back.
It may be tempting to take them everywhere you go, but this could cause serious harm to them without careful attention paid.
Remember that if asphalt and cement can get hot enough to cook an egg during the summer, or if it feels way too hot for you to leave your hands on the ground for at least 10 seconds, it can result in nasty burns on your dog’s paw pads. This is especially true of new puppies with tender young paws.
These are some preventative measures that you can take to make sure your furry friends stay cool this summer:
1) Walk Your Dog When It’s Cool.
For a happy, healthy dog walk, be mindful of the weather and time.
Try to go outside before it gets light in the morning or after dark at night when the pavement will be hot.
In general, try to avoid walking your dog during midday hours when the pavement is scorching hot.
2) Toughen The Paws.
When it’s time to walk your dog, you should stick to walking on concrete or pavement only during the cooler parts of the day.
These surfaces won’t burn your dog’s paws, and they can help toughen them up for any potential burns that might come later.
If you take your dog on a walk during the warmer hours of the day, keep them off paved surfaces so that they don't risk getting burnt.
Walking in some shaded areas like parks can be great for keeping your best friend cool while also minimizing their risks of getting overheated.
4) Moisturize Your Dog’s Paws.
In order to help prevent injuries, care for your dog's paws with paw moisturizer.
Injuries like cuts and cracking make the paws susceptible to other burns which can lead to serious problems.
5) Paw Wax.
To protect your pet's paws, you can use some commercial paw wax.
Paw wax is designed to shield their feet from hot surfaces and other potential hazards like road salts.
If this isn't available, an easy alternative would be a combination of vaseline and petroleum jelly.
Dog shoes are one of the best ways to shield your dog’s paws from heat and potential injuries if they will wear them.
If this seems like a solution for your pooch, be sure to buy shoes that have rubber soles for maximum protection. Some dogs are more comfortable wearing dog shoes than others, and some will chew them off.
Disposable dog booties are a good solution for protecting paws in the heat. These can be used as you need them, but cannot provide long-term care for your pup's paw protection needs.
7) Peel And Stick Pads
A quick solution to minimize the dangers of hot streets is to use sticky felt pads.
These are easy to stick onto the pads of your dog's feet and they help protect against potential burns or injuries. They can even reduce the risks if your dog slips on slick surfaces.
Silicone scar sheets can be a terrific option for dog paws. They are so thin, flexible and durable that your dogs should not have any problems wearing them, unlike many other things you put on their paws.
Socks are a good last-minute solution to protect your dog's paws from the scorching hot pavement.
You can try out an old pair of bath socks or baby socks first to see if they work at all for your canine companion.
Dogs that chew on their toys could easily do the same with their sock, but adding a bitter taste reduces this
9) Go Sherlock On Their Paws
Carefully check your dog’s paw pads daily and wash them often.
If you notice any signs of an injury or if your dog is acting strangely on his paws, take him to the vet immediately.
10) Doggy Grass Toilet In Home
Whether during the hot summer months or year-round, Pogs offer a simple and convenient way to protect your pup's paws. The unique design of a Pog allows them to comfortably pee or poo in their own home yard where temperatures can be controlled.
You won't have to worry about holding back on potty breaks because they'll be able to go whenever without having scorching hot pavement affect his joints or delicate paw pads!
You can also enjoy a 10% discount with Paws on Grass through the Treats Card Membership.
Protect your dog’s paws this summer by following these simple tips.
To make sure you don't burn their paw pads, keep them off the hot pavement and only walk during cooler parts of the day.
You can use commercial wax to protect their paws or try a product like the Pog, doggy grass toilets, which is an eco-friendly solution for pet waste elimination in the home!