Test the ground
Dr. Romine, suggests the five-second-rule as a rule of thumb. No, it’s not the same rule for dropping food on the ground, it simply means you place your palm on the ground outside for five seconds. If your hand becomes uncomfortable to touch the asphalt or sidewalk within 5 seconds or less, your dog shouldn’t walk on it.
Know your dog’s signs
A dog’s paws can easily burn from hot surfaces. So, if you must go for a walk with your dog on an especially hot day, or if the temperatures spiked when you were already outside, pay close attention to your four-legged friend for any signs of discomfort. Such signs could be any irregularities in your pup’s walk, like slowing down, developing a limp, or stopping altogether. If you notice anything like that, you should check your pup’s paw pads. If they’re red, tender, or have any erosions on them, try to lead them to a shaded area or a patch of grass.
Walking in the heat? Mind these tips
If you and your dog live somewhere that offers no escape from hot concrete, remember to protect your doggo’s paws. One way to do it is with paw wax you can get online or at pet stores. Some dogs might not tolerate these protective products but it doesn’t hurt to try. That being said, Dr. Romine says it’s important to keep in mind that dogs still shouldn’t be exposed to prolonged heat, and need to be monitored even while wearing protection. So, generally speaking, you should stick to the grass and shade when you can, and try to avoid midday walks when the sun is at its hottest.
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