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Here’s what to do if the ground is too hot for your dog’s paws

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Summer is upon us and temperatures are rapidly rising. With them, so is the temperature of the asphalt on the ground – of particular concern if you and your pup (or kitty!) live in the city.

By Justine Seraphin, 24 Jun 2019

True animal people will know what good habits to adopt during the summer. Always having water and shelter available for your pet, keeping a watchful eye on Rover for any signs of over-heating, and never EVER leaving your dog in the car, even when the temperatures don’t seem too high. But here’s one thing you may not have thought of: did you know the asphalt on the ground can be dangerous for your dog’s paws when it gets too hot?

How hot is too hot?

Because we wear shoes, we don’t always realise just how hot the asphalt gets when the sun is shining. Yet, it shouldn’t be ignored. The asphalt can get so scalding that it can literally burn the skin off your pooch’s paws. Ouch.

If you live in the city, it may be hard to avoid the asphalt. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re unsure whether the pavement is safe to use, place the back of your hand onto the ground. If you can’t hold your hand there for more than 5 seconds, then it’s too hot for your dog!

Solutions to combat paw damage

Instead, we recommend you walk your dog on grass. Take him to the park instead of around the block!

If you really don’t have access to a park, then wait to walk your dog in the evening or early in the morning, when temperatures have dropped and the sun is no longer shining on the asphalt.

Another solution is to protect your dog’s paws. You can purchase little boots for him, or even specialised wax to apply on his paws.

Home-made remedies

If you want home-made wax, here’s how to do it:

-    Beeswax
-    Olive oil
-    Coconut oil
-    Shea butter

Pour the ingredients into a heated pan. Once the solution is liquid, pour into an aluminium dish to let it cool. Once it’s solidified, you can apply it to your dog’s paws, and you’re good to go!