The 7 second test.
How do you know when it’s too hot to walk your dog? Do the seven second test! Just put the back for your hand on the sidewalk or street for seven seconds. If you can’t keep it there for the full seven seconds because it’s too hot, then it’s also too hot for your dogs’s paws.
Check the temperature.
It is super important to always check the temperature before walking your dog. The ground absorbs heat fast, and can get much hotter than the surrounding air. Did you know that some surfaces can get hotter than others? A study by Frostburg University has shown that when concrete reaches a temperature of 40 °C, under similar conditions brick can get as hot as 43 °C and asphalt 51 °C.
This chart compares the temperature of the heat and asphalt:
How can I avoid burned paws.
- Check the temperature before the walk
- Do the 7 second test
- Take your walks early in the morning or late at night when the ground is cooler
- Walk in soft grass
Paw care for hot days.
- Check the paws daily for cracks, dryness or burns*
- Use Paw Butter before and after the walk beacust it puts a protective film on the pads of the paws before walking, and soothes, moisturizes after walking
- Groom the paws weekly by trimming the fur between the paw pads to avoid getting small stones twigs or anything else caught in between and also use a wet a washcloth with some dog soap and give the paws a good cleaning.
* watch out for burns
- First degree burn: The affected area is red and swollen
- Second degree burn: Small blisters form
- 3rd degree burn: The affected area is burned/charred