Before walking your dog in the summer, check the temperature of the pavement to decide your course of action to protect his paws. You can place dog boots, paw pad wax or disposable adhesive pads on his feet to protect them from burning.
Check the Pavement
You can check the pavement to see how hot it is before walking your dog. Place a hand or a bare foot on the pavement. Hold it on the pavement for 10 seconds. If it is too hot to keep your hand or foot on it for the entire 10 seconds, it is too hot for your dog.
Specialty summer dog boots are good protection for your dog's paws from hot pavement. Summer boots have a thick, layered sole made of a heat reflective material to keep your pooch's pads cool. The soles have good traction and have foam pads to cushion paws from hard surfaces, stones and sharp objects. Summer dog boots have a thin upper mesh material so the paws can breathe. Dog boots either slip on like a sock, or are a step-in type and are held in place by hook and loop tapes.
Topical Paw Wax
Dog paws and pads can find heat protection with paw wax or topical conditioners. You simply rub the wax or conditioner into the pads to help toughen and protect them from heat. Paw wax and conditioners also protect paws when walked on rough terrain, such as gravel or rocks. A topical conditioner or wax can be used alone or with dog boots for extra protection from heat.
Disposable adhesive pads protect your dog's paw from hot pavement and other hot surfaces, as well as cold surfaces covered with snow. The cushioned pads adhere to the bottom of your canine friend's paws directly behind the toenails. Adhesive pads also keep your dogs paws clean by covering his paw to eliminate mud or sand between his pads or toes.
Tips for Summer Walks
It is best to avoid hot pavement if possible. Some tips for summer walks can help your dog's paws from burning.
Place a towel on the hot pavement for your dog to stand or sit on while exiting the car to go on a walk.
Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the pavement is cooler. Walking on cool pavement forms calluses on your dog's paw pads and strengthens them to protect better them from hot surfaces.
Dog's paws are more susceptible to hot pavement after getting his feet wet and softening the paw pads.
If your dog is limping, not wanting to walk or his paw pads are red or pink, he is licking or chewing his paws or missing parts of pads or has blisters, take him immediately to your veterinarian for treatment. Burned paw pads are painful to your pooch. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection, prescribe pain medications and bandage the affected feet.