How to prevent burned dog paws in the summer?

by Anja S. on July 21, 2019

It’s true that summer is the time when most of the dogs enjoy spending time in nature with their owners. However, it’s also the time when you need to pay attention to protecting those tiny body parts.

Walking on the hot pavements in the summer can really make serious pains and blisters that may end up serious. That why we recommend you to check out our tips for preventing your dog’s paws from getting burned in the summer.

How do you know if your dog's paws are burnt?

How many times you’ve experienced hot and inflamed skin because you’ve spent plenty of time in the sun? Well, it’s true that dogs do not need a sunscreen thanks to their fur however, their paws do need protection.

A dog’s paw pads are the only spot on their bodies where they can sweat. On the other hand, paw pads also serve to protect a dog’s joints when walking on hard surfaces. Thanks to their sponge-like texture, dog’s pads provide fractional support to their whole bodies.

How do you now if dog's paws are burnt

Therefore, keeping them soft, smooth and shiny is a must. A dog with dry and cracked paw pads can experience pains that may grow up into a bigger problem.

Bleeding and cracked skin also seems like the perfect spot for bacterial growth and developing different infections. In the end, losing hair and bad odor and discharge coming from your four-legged friend’s paws may end up to your pet’s total inability to walk.

One of the first symptoms that will point out if your dog’s paws become burned is red and painful skin. Blisters can also become visible after a few hours after walking on hot pavement. Walking on hot sand and pebbles might seem harmless but it’s actually the most common culprit for injured paws.

How hot is too hot for the dog’s paws?

Putting your hand on a surface would be enough indicator if the pavement is hot. If you can’t stand holding your hand for longer than 5 seconds or so, then you can be sure your pooch will not be pleased to have a walk on such a pavement.

How hot is too hot for the dog’s paws

Another signal will be your dog’s behavior. If he randomly lifts his legs and looks like he’s jumping over a minefield, then you need to help him immediately.

How do I treat my dog’s burned paws?

1. Moisturizing

There are many ways to prevent your four-legged friend’s paws from getting burned and regularly soothing and moisturizing is the most important part of dog care.

We suggest you give an advantage to natural products that are free of artificial colors and chemicals. Since dogs like to lick their paws from curiosity to check what have you put on them, natural products are the smartest choice.

The ingredients that are proved to be the best are Olive oil, Shea butter, and beeswax. The mix of these 3 ingredients not only keeps the dog’s paws soft and shiny but also heals cracked and dry skin.

Our paw protecting balm creates a nourishing barrier to shield paw pads against walking on different surfaces. It’s suitable both for winter and summer usage, and can even reduce the effect of contact allergies.

The most common contact allergens that trigger an allergy are dust, seasonal pollen, and mites. The Flora 4 Pets paw balm will make an invisible protective layer on your dog’s paws, so they will be less susceptible to developing an allergy.

2. Choose the right part of the day

Another important tip to consider is the time chosen for going for a walk. It’s best to take your pooch for a stroll early in the morning and late in the evening when the pavement is still not hot.

Avoiding the hottest part of the day is recommended not only to prevent burned dog paws but also because of dehydration. Keep in mind that your furry friend needs to drink plenty of water during summer just like you.

3. Consider buying dog socks

It might sound silly but a dog or baby socks can help a lot. There are cotton socks that can really do the job in case you need to take a walk during a day. On the other hand, socks can’t provide total protection because the fabric is not heat-resistant.

4. Choose the grass

Avoiding walking on sand, pebbles, rocks, and concrete is ‘a must’! These surfaces posses a higher heat absorption power and can reach the temperature 3 times higher than the temperature of the air.

Dogs much more prefer playing and walking on grass and ground in the summer. There is no pooch that would not enjoy sniffing, rolling, running, and jumping in nature. It’s one of the ways for discovering the scents of plants and other animals and as well.

So, next time you want to have a stroll with your best buddy, think about going somewhere where he’ll be able to play in the grass. The only precaution will be to think about prevention of ticks. Here you can find the tips about some of the best natural tick repellents.

5. Regularly check your dog’s paws

By regularly checking your furry friend’s paws, you’ll decrease the possibility of developing paw health issues. When burns and blisters are not spotted on time, a dog can develop severe pains and even cause them bleeding. As you can guess, the process of healing will last longer and well as the dog’s agony.

6. Teach your dog to wear dog snickers

We all know that it’s not easy to teach a dog to wear snickers. However, they present one of the best tools for protecting paws. Mesh dog shoes are suitable for the summer season because unlike leather and waterproof dog boots, they allow the skin to breathe. The best time to teach your four-legged friend to wear snickers is in the early puppyhood.

7. Sticky paw pads for short walks

Have you heard of sticky paw pads that you can apply onto your dog’s paws right before a stroll? Well, they can not only prevent them from getting burned but they are also great for slipping when hiking.

8. Cooling off

What’s better than cooling the paws in the summer after having a long walk outside? Believe us, there’s no better feeling for your dog.

Seeing a dog’s licking paws in the summer pretty much point out that he desperately wants to cool them off. Flora 4 Pets cooling paw spray with peppermint can help with rehydration and moisturizing. It also prevents the burns and blisters, and it’s ideal for use after long walks and exercises.