If you’re an all-over-it dog lover, you know the basics of keeping dogs safe in summer: Bring lots of water with you on walks, watch for the signs of your dog overheating and never, ever, ever leave a dog in the car, even on days that don’t seem that warm. But it might come as a surprise that the very pavement beneath your dog’s paws could be sizzling hot with gruesome and painful consequences. From the American Humane Society… “Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible”. Not sure if it’s too hot? A quick and easy test, (courtesy of Moon Valley Canine Training), to see if the street temperature is safe enough for a walk with your dog… put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet. But, if walking your dog on hot pavement is unavoidable, protect your dog’s sensitive paw pads from the heat or with special dog booties or dog paw wax.
(Source: Sarah Schweig, the dodo.com; Image: dodo.com)