untitledSummer is practically upon us and it’s been pretty hot already. That means it’s going to start getting HOT outside soon. As a dog parent, it’s important to keep your pet safe during the hot summer months. You’ve got to keep them cool in shaded areas or in air conditioning, you can’t leave them in hot cars while you go into the store, provide them with plenty of fresh drinking water, and protect their skin from the sun’s rays.

It’s also important to protect your dog’s feet from scorching hot concrete. It’s something not every dog parent may think of at first, until their dog’s paws get burned from walking on hot concrete or other surfaces.

Many years ago when I was still a young dog mom, we took all our dogs to the lake on several occasions. They would run along the shore’s limestone rocks all day long. By the end of the day, their feet would be very tender and beat up. I’m sure the rocks were pretty hot. Not to mention rough on their pads.

So in preparation for Summertime, I’m sharing 4 ways to protect your dog’s paws from hot concrete.

Avoid Hot Asphalt and Concrete

The most obvious and easiest way to avoid burnt paw pads is by avoiding hot surfaces all together. Try walking in a grassy area or somewhere that’s shady. You can also try walking on these surfaces when it’s cooler outside, like in the morning or evening.
If you must walk your dog on a hot surface, you should limit the amount of time spent there. And if you have a small dog, you can always pick them up and carry them across a parking lot if you need to.

Dog Boots

If you can’t avoid the hot concrete completely, you might want to look into purchasing a pair of dog boots. There are many different brands of dog boots all with different features available I recommend the website Outward hound, I get everything I need there for myself and my clients.
Recently tried out a pair of Pawz Dog Boots for the first time and we really like them. I’m ordering new ones soon as we picked out the wrong size the first time and they were too small. The Pawz Dog Boots are reusable, waterproof, and will protect your dog’s paw pads from getting burnt on hot surfaces during the Summer.

Soothing Irritated Paw Pads

If your dog’s paw pads do become burnt from walking across hot pavement, you should of course check with your veterinarian to make sure everything is OK. There are also some paw creams and ointments that I’ve used before which I think could be helpful and soothing for your pet.
I’ve used pad wax ( mostly in winter ) and Bag balm on their feet before. I also used the stuff on myself, but that’s another story. It smells great, feels great, and it’s 100% organic and natural.
So remember to stay safe this summer and keep those doggy paw pads from getting burned! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to walk around with burnt footsies. You can help spread the message by sharing with your dog parent friends!