Heat poses potential dangers for pet paws


The dog days of summer have just begun, which means not only is the air temperature a concern, but your pet's paws could be vulnerable to harsh pavement temperatures. Animal Medical Clinic of Quincy's veterinarian, Dr. Bob Reich, says one of the biggest dangers in the heat is the asphalt and adds,

With the burns to the pads, if there's oozing from the black top that can get in-between the hair of the pads and that's like picking up a hot piece of gum and not being able to let loose of it.

The best way to see if the pavement is too hot, is by placing the back of your hand on the hot surface for five seconds. If it's too hot to keep your hand on the ground, then it's too hot for your dog.

Dr. Reich also says there are ways to prevent your dog's paws from being burned.

Well if you can go with the extremes and get the little booties to put on them, but the best thing to do if you have small dog is to pick them up and find a grassy area to walk in, if you have a big dog, drive to the dog park, Washington park, where you know you can hop out of the car, run across the concrete, and get to the grass, but don't walk your dog down the street in the terribly hot weather, especial on the blacktop or any type of pavement.

Shaunasee Rupp says her dog Rubbe, like most dogs, isn't a big fan of the heat.

I don't think she likes it very much. Sometimes she whines when she's outside if it's too hot.

While Rupp's dog Rubbe isn't a fan, Abigail Kipping has the right idea when it comes to walking your dog in the heat.

If you can see how hot it is, then it's usually too hot for the dog's paws... and they can wear off really easily, so you want to make sure you're not on the concrete too long, it's almost like a sunburn.

And overall, Dr. Reich says,

Summer's a tough time in the Midwest if you're a pet.

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