Dog Safety During Summer Walks: Too Hot To Trot

Summer is officially here: the seasons of sun, bbqs, swimming, and… hot asphalt. Although it may not be a huge inconvenience to us humans with shoes, the team at Sploot Veterinary Care reminds us that asphalt is a very dangerous threat to your pup and their paws.

We are here to help remind you to keep your pup off the asphalt and other dangerously hot surfaces, and to seek out safer places to walk and play!

Grass: 96

Concrete: 135

Astroturf: 145

Asphalt: 150

*Can be up to 60 degrees hotter than normal grass!

If these surfaces get this hot at 78-79 degrees, can you imagine how hot they can be at out ho 90+ degree days?

Here are a few tips from our vets to keep your dog’s paws safe:

  • Press your hand on the pavement - if it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pup’s paw
  • Walk during the early morning or late evening hours when these surfaces have cooled
  • Invest in some paw booties! Although they may feel funky in the beginning for your pup, they should get used to them quickly and protect their paws from burns.
  • Avoid surfaces that are susceptible to rising temperatures such as asphalt and concrete
An infographic about dog safety during summer walks and how to prevent paw concrete burn

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