Protect Your Pooch’s Paws This Summer

Summertime.

It’s coming soon, we promise. And when it gets here, its going to be steaming.

If you are a dog lover, the best thing about the good weather is the long summertime walks, with your four legged friend at your side.

However, here’s why you should take some precautions before putting Fido on the leash and going out in the scorching sun.

A lot of people don’t know this, but parching pavements and hot dogs don’t mix.

TEMPERATURE

Did you know that on an average summer’s day, when the mercury hits a pleasant 75 Fahrenheit, the temperature of the asphalt paving beneath your feet can reach up to 125 degrees?

Add another ten degrees to the external temperature and the asphalt paving could be a boiling 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is seriously hot and as you are wearing shoes, you will probably not be aware of the potential heat that your poor dog is experiencing beneath his paws.

When the sun shines, asphalt retains heat. A lot of heat. It doesn’t even have to be that warm outside for the road surfacing to warm up.

As you might imagine, this could cause some serious pain for your poor pooch’s precious paws.

So as a concerned pet lover, what do you do about this?

CHECK THE TEMPERATURE

The first thing you need to do, prior to summertime strolls with your Shiatsu, is check the temperature of the asphalt or other road surfacing.

The air temperature is not always a very reliable guide to how hot the roads really are. So, in the summer time or on very sunny days, you should get into the habit of checking the temperature of the paving.

To check whether the temperature is too hot for a dog to walk on, give it the five seconds test.

This means simply placing the back of your hand onto the road and seeing if you can keep it there, for a full five seconds

If you can’t keep it on there for that long, then don’t let your dog walk on it – it might burn his paws!

CHANGE YOUR TIME

If it is too hot at your usual time of day to walk on asphalt, consider changing the time that you and your best friend go for walkies.

Keeping out of the midday sun is just the start. Avoiding the hours between 11am and 6pm is better still.

You might find an early morning walk the best option, to prevent burning your pooch’s paws.

CHANGE YOUR ROUTE

Try avoiding asphalt and other surfaces which get too hot. So that includes metal and also sand, which might heat up significantly throughout the day.

See if there’s any grass that your dog can walk alongside you with, when you’re on the road.

GET SOME DOGGIE BOOTIES!

Dog shoes are a thing!

If you really cannot avoid the sun, then consider a pair of doggie booties to take the heat out of the situation for your dog’s paws!