Have you ever seen a dog walking on the hot cement on a sweltering summer day and thought to yourself, “I wonder if that hurts them?” Well, now we know it does. Apparently it hurts like hell and looks even worse!
“Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible,” the Humane Society of the United States said. Thanks to Moon Valley Canine Training there’s a simple test all dog owners can do this summer. If you can rest the back of your hand on the cement for more than 5 seconds, it’s safe for your dog’s paws. Easy peazy!
If the temperature rises suddenly and there’s no grass or shade around, run with your pup, pick them up or hale a cab that’ll accept a dog. Or—be more prepared next time and pack your dog booties or dog paw wax that’ll protect your dogs paw pads.
Don’t let the heat ruin your fun this summer! Keep on paw-tying.