5 SAFETY TIPS FOR WALKING YOUR PET IN THE SUMMER!

Oct 27 , 2020

5 SAFETY TIPS FOR WALKING YOUR PET IN THE SUMMER!

         5 SAFETY TIPS FOR WALKING YOUR PET IN THE SUMMER!

 

 

Tourist and locals come to the Sunshine State for the nice warm weather. This is the perfect weather for outdoor activities including taking a nice walk with your dog. It’s important to remember that just as you wear sunscreen and shoes as protection from the sun you have to also remember to protect your dog. In the summer temperatures can rise to 95°F outdoor surfaces such as sand, dirt, asphalt and concrete can soak up the summer sun for hours. In the summer the Asphalt can reach 140°F. I have walked on the hot sand on the beach and believe me it’s so hot it burns now imagine what your dog feels when you walk them in the hot asphalt. I’m sure you wouldn’t walk barefoot on the hot asphalt or on the ground so don’t make your dog suffer through it.
 

                 Be Cautious of when and where you’re walking your dog

 

 

 Here are 5 tips to keep your dog’s paws safe during the summer heat:

  • Take your dog out for walks in the morning or in the evening when the sun is setting, and the ground has cooled down.
  • Take a nice walk at the park or anywhere where you can remain on the grass the majority of the time.
  • Make sure to test the pavement or other surface you are walking to see if it is too hot by placing your hand on the ground for about 5 seconds. If it’s too hot to keep your hand on the pavement it’s too hot for your dog to walk on it.
  • Moisturize or wax your dog paws. Although you want your dog to have tough paws, you don’t want them to get dry or they will be susceptible to peeling and cracking. When your dog paws get too dry they are more susceptible to getting burns from the hot pavement. Moisturizing your dog paws will prevent injuries and burns. Using a Paw Wax will help them with rough or hot surfaces including several potentially harmful surfaces and chemicals
  • Dog shoes: if your dog is able to wear them it will help protect your dogs paws from harmful surfaces. another way to protect.
  • Remember to make sure they fit properly or they may pose a danger. Make sure you to get the right size,
  • Purchase shoes with rubber or neoprene soles as they are protective against damaging surfaces.

 


                      Signs to look our for if you dog is acting strange

 

 

  • Typically, when a dog is pulling on the leash a bit forcibly to get to shade is a sign that the surface may be too hot.
  • Check the paws to see if the pads are inflamed, blistered, raw or missing pieces, if any of this is observed it’s crucial that you take your dog to the vet immediately.
  • Licking or Chewing at the paw pads.
  • Limping

  

BOTTEM LINE: As a pet lover myself I hope my tips and advice would help you avoid putting your pet through the pain, you would save yourself the time and money spent on vet care.