Protecting your pets' paws in the summer heat

Concrete and asphalt surfaces can act like a heat sink on a hot day. Even when the sun goes down, local veterinarian said it still may be too hot for your dog’s feet. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Concrete and asphalt surfaces can act like a heat sink on a hot day. Even when the sun goes down, local veterinarians said it still may be too hot for your dog’s feet.

"The heat is so hot," Summer Hunt, vice president of No Pet Left Behind said. "I mean, it is so dangerous and it happens so quick."

While the air temperatures might feel cool, the asphalt temperatures are hotter on the surface. The American Medical Association reports the a staggering difference in the air temperatures on the left and the asphalt temperatures on the right:

  • 77 - 125
  • 86 - 135
  • 87 - 143

"If want you to walk your dog, you're probably going to want to do it really early in the morning, during the summertime," Hunt said.

Hunt said there are many options to keep your pets paws' safe from the heat, including paw wax, disposable pads and even booties.

"These are all things that can help, but it's not going to make sure that your dog's feet don't get burned, because it can still happen but this is a way of helping to stop it," Hunt said.

Hunt said if a dog’s paws do get burn, it’s important to treat it right away.

"I think what happens is it's just not treated, because a lot of the dogs that are out on the street are the ones that it happens to, and then we just don't end up seeing them," Hunt said.

Leaving the burns untreated can result in missing parts of the paw pad and blisters. If you notice a combination of extreme panting and trouble walking with your pet, you should take them to the vet to be checked out for heat exposure.

No Pet Left Behind is a local nonprofit organization where 100 percent of their proceeds go towards veterinary care, food, and clothing for pets of low income, no income or those abandoned. The organization said they could greatly benefit from food donations and gently used/new items like collars, leashes, blankets and toys. Cash donations are also welcome.

The organization is also hosting a Pints for Pets fundraiser on June 22 at Walkabout Brewing Company from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. If you would like to help, contact their Facebook page.

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