Though asphalt pavement is aesthetically pleasing and durable, it can get extremely hot during the summer. You may not feel the heat while you’re wearing your shoes, but the hot surface can burn your dog’s sensitive paws. Following a few simple guidelines when you take your dog outside during the summer will keep them safe.
Top 3 Tips For Protecting Dog Paws From Hot Pavement
1. Go for Walks Early in the Morning
During the summer, it’s best to take your dog out for a walk early in the morning, before the sun has had time to heat up the pavement. Late evening (after the sun has gone down) can also be safe, but the afternoon and early evening should be avoided whenever possible, as pavement will typically be hottest at this time.
2. Stay on the Grass
You can protect your dog by avoiding walking on paved surfaces whenever possible. Instead of walking down the sidewalk, go to a shady park with lots of grass and tree cover. Walk beside your driveway instead of on it. As water evaporates from the grass and surrounding soil, it naturally stays cool and moist. Because of this, natural grass is even safe for your dog’s paws during the afternoon.
3. Consider Protective Coverings
If your dog loves your driveway or you can’t avoid walking on paved surfaces, you may wish to invest in protective coverings for your dog’s paws. Specialty shoes and boots provide a protective covering that will prevent burns. However, shoes and boots should be removed once you’re done with your walk so your furry friend doesn’t get overheated. Paw wax can also provide protection against hot pavement when applied liberally to your dog’s paws before a walk.
If you need to give your pavement a facelift, contact Bennett Paving LLC. Serving Putnam County, TN since 1970, this paving company uses experienced, skilled contractors to provide efficient, long-lasting results. To learn more about their asphalt paving services or to request a free estimate, visit them online or call (931) 858-4596.