What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Paws on Hot Concrete

While warm weather is great for dog-walking, it’s not without its hazards—namely, the hot pavement. You probably don’t think twice about the temperature of the pavement when you walk outside because you have shoes on, but your dog is often not so lucky.

For safety, you should account for your dog’s paws on hot concrete, and you should know what hot concrete does to dog paws. This article will cover that, as well as how to prevent burnt dog paws and how to treat your dog’s paws if they do get burned.

What hot concrete can do to a dog’s paws

Because of how the sun and heat transferability works, the pavement you and your dog walk on could be as many as 60℉ hotter than the air temperature. So, for example, if it’s 77℉ outside, the pavement temperature is about 125℉. An 86-degree day means the pavement is 135℉, and an air temperature of 87℉ can mean the asphalt is 143℉. If your dog stands on pavement that’s 125℉, even for only a minute, it could be subjected to burns.

You don’t want your dog’s paws to be on hot concrete if you can help it. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

Preventing burns on your dog’s paws

Now that you know what hot concrete does to dog paws, consider some of these options. If possible, you should let your dog walk in the grass or dirt, as these surfaces don’t heat up at the rate pavement or asphalt will. Swimming or playing in a grassy yard are also viable alternatives to walking on hot pavement.

But if you live in the city, walking on pavement might be unavoidable. In that case, you have a few options. You can put dog shoes, socks or booties on your canine, as that creates a barrier between the hot pavement and the pads of your dog’s paws. Let your pup try walking in them in the house first so they can get used to them.

Paw wax is another option. This wax is a non-toxic product that dries in seconds and only needs to be applied every few days to offer a protective layer on your dog’s paw pads and prevent burns.

You could also alter your walking schedule by taking walks with your dog earlier in the day or later in the evening when the pavement isn’t at its peak temperature.

Treating paw burns

If the unfortunate does happen, here’s how to treat burns to your dog’s paw pads:

  • Take your dog inside, out of the heat, to a cool room. You might need to carry them.
  • Run cold water on the burnt foot or apply a cold compress to it.
  • Don’t let your pup lick the burned pad if you can help it.
  • Speak with and/or visit a veterinarian.

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