Monday, July 21, 2014

Talk to the Paw: Summer Foot Care Tips for your Pooch

Blistering 90 to 100 degree temperatures not only put people at risk, but also our animal companions. Be extra mindful of your pets’ changing needs during these dog days of summer days, especially their paws. The potential for paw pad injuries and burns is commonly overlooked. Use these simple tips to keep your dog enjoying walks this summer!
Know the Common Culprits: Asphalt, metal boat docks, beach sand, leather seats, and car and truck surfaces can often be too hot for your dog's paws.
Easy Tip #1: Remember the 7-second rule! Place the back of your hand on the surface for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog.
Easy Tip #2: Walk your dog in the shade or on grass. Consider walking in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler.
Easy Tip #3: Use a towel or blanket, preferably wet, for your dog to sit on while loading your car or enjoying the outdoors on hot days. 
Know the Signs: Darkened skin, refusal to walk, licking and chewing, reddened skin, blisters, and limping are all indications that your dog's paws are burned or injured See your veternarian for treatment as soon as possible. 

And Remember... Never put booties on your dog during hot weather months. Dogs cool themselves down by panting and my cooling down their paws. Booties keep the heat in!

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