It can be easy for pet owners to forget how hot asphalt and cement can get during the summer because people are rarely outdoors in their bare feet. When the summer sun is beating down on paved surfaces all day, they can quickly reach temperatures upward of 125 F, even when the air temperature is mild. Below is a guide that details a few preventative measures and some key pet supplies to protect your dog from painful burns this summer.
A Guide to Protecting Your Dog’s Paws From Hot Asphalt
How to Check the Pavement’s Temperature
An easy way to check the pavement’s temperature is to follow the seven-second rule. Place the back of your hand on a sun-soaked patch of pavement and hold it for seven seconds. If you can hold it there without pain or discomfort for the whole time, it should be fine for your dog. If you can’t, choose a different walking route or a different time of day for your excursion.
How to Prevent Your Dog’s Paws From Burning
The easiest way to prevent paw burns from hot asphalt is to walk your dog on natural grass. Shady parks are ideal for the warm summer months and schedule your daily walks in the early morning or late evening to avoid the worst of the summer heat.
If you can’t avoid hot pavement, try a few pet supplies that protect dog paws. Paw wax is an excellent option for adding a protective barrier to your dog’s paw pads. For even better protection, purchase a set of dog shoes. Those with thick rubber soles offer the best barrier and can double as snow boots during the winter. Disposable dog booties and dog socks are other pet supplies that can work in a pinch if the walk isn’t too long.
Find all the pet supplies you need for your dog’s city life at Pet Fashion and Grooming on Manhattan’s Hudson Heights. This one-stop shop offers everything proud pet parents need to care for their furry friends. This pet supply store also offers dog grooming, hotel and daycare options, veterinary services, and pet medication. They also carry an exclusive line of pet jewelry and fashion items. Call (347) 726-9409 to make an appointment and visit the website for more information about their services.