Summer Troubles. Hot Pavement

Summer Troubles. Hot Pavement

With our temperatures soaring near 40 degrees we have already begun seeing the consequences suffered by pets subjected to the heat.  One thing often overlooked is how painful and damaging hot pavement can be on our pets’ pads.

A recent social media blitz has given the idea of using the back of your hand to gauge how hot pavement really is.  Take time to do this and save your pet some potentially difficult days after a quick walk.

 

A pad with blister that formed 1 day after being on hot pavement during a morning walk.

The aftermath of hot pavement.Aftermath of hot pavement.

The opposite foot the blister has already popped.

Aftermath of hot pavement.

Aftermath of hot pavement.

 

Pets will often walk or run on the pavement if asked and will not show signs of discomfort until the days following.  Pads will begin to blister and become painful to walk on as seen in the pictures above.

Take time to gauge how hot pavement is before you begin your daily walk with pets, and remember these surfaces can hold heat for a long time after the sun goes down, so evening walkers should exercise caution as well.  If your pet has suffered painful feet after a walk please consult your veterinarian for some simple treatment options to manage the discomfort during healing.

 

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