Ouch - That cement is HOT! Protect your pet's paws!

posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Pet PSA

Ouch - That cement is HOT! Protect your pet’s paws!
The dog days of summer are here again, and the temperatures have been skyrocketing with a vengeance! It seems no matter where you go, everyone is looking for the same thing: relief from the heat.

During these sultry days, not only is it crucial that you provide your pets with shade and fresh drinking water, but it’s also imperative that you’re aware of the rising temperature of the cement and asphalt around your home and public spaces.

Cement and asphalt temperatures rise much more quickly than some would expect. On a 77-degree Fahrenheit day, the temperature of asphalt has been recorded as high as 125 degrees Fahrenheit, while on an 87-degree Fahrenheit day, the temperature of asphalt has been recorded as high as 143 degrees Fahrenheit!

These temperatures can cause your dog’s paws to burn in as little as 60 seconds. To protect your dog’s feet, consider the following options:

  1. Follow the 7-second rule. Before heading out for a walk, place the back of your hand firmly against the concrete or asphalt for 7 seconds. If you experience burning or discomfort, it’s too hot for your pup’s paws.
    • Consider this: If the concrete is simply too hot to safely walk your dog, try finding a large grassy area (such as a dog park or your backyard) to let your dog burn off some energy.
  2. Try wax balms. Several companies sell wax balms that are designed to help protect your dog’s paws from the heat and cold. Wax balms generally have to be applied each time you and your dog go out in harsh conditions.
  3. Purchase booties. Booties in the summertime? Say it isn’t so! Booties are another option for dog owners looking to protect their dog’s paws from the heat. The extra padding will help shield your pup’s paws from the damaging effects of hot asphalt.

We at the ARL wish you and your pets the happiest of summers -- just remember to stay safe!