Summer temperatures mean hot pavement–something that’s just as troublesome to your dog’s paws as it is to your own bare feet. Here in Texas, the asphalt is literally hot enough to fry an egg on many summer afternoons.
To decide if the pavement is safe for your dog to walk on, test the temperature with your own bare feet; if it’s too hot for your feet, don’t let your dog risk blisters and burns on his pads by walking on it.
Avoiding the pavement is the best protection but, if you have to walk on pavement, try booties. Some dogs will tolerate dog booties to protect their paws, and you’ll also find some paw waxes that can help protect delicate pads.
Also, if you’ll be on the pavement for just a moment, such as while you’re getting dogs in and out of the car, carry an old towel you can put on the ground for your dog to stand on rather than standing directly on the hot pavement. And if you’ve been swimming, remember that water-soaked pads–just like water-soaked feet–are softer and burn even faster!