Post # 1
If your’e in the southeast you are gearing up for 105+ degree weather this weekend. I just saw something on FB that says “you don’t walk on hote pavement in bare feet, don’t make your dogs do it! Be careful in these temperatures with your dogs paws!”
What solutions do you have for your dogs paws on the scalding summer pavement? I have to admit, I’ve never much thought about it, but we usually walk through the grass/woods in the summer to stay in the shade. But now I’m thinking about walking over parking lots, sidewalks, etc while we’re down at the beach this weekend??
Post # 3
I just keep him in the grass on his walks as much as possible when it is this hot out! Are there any grassy areas where you’ll be down at the beach?
Post # 4
Do you carry bottled water with you? I try to keep the dogs off of hot surfaces, but sometimes you just gotta cross a parking lot! I pour some water on their feet every so often & try to keep them on the grass as much as possible.
Post # 5
I don’t take my dogs for walks in this heat. They both ahve double coats and I can’t imagine they would handle it well. For this heat I have a kiddie pool and fill it up and play ball on the grass in our back yard. Lots of water and ice cubes. But dogs paws are tough, for a short walk to get somewhere I wouldn’t worry about it much. Mine dogs hike in the snow and icy without shoes, certainly not something I would do.
Post # 6
I was just asking a vet about this – he said that paws are a lot tougher than human feet – we wear socks and shoes all the time, so any callouses we have are nothing compared to the callouses on animal feet. Obviously you don’t want to leave your dog standing on hot black asphalt all day, but a quick walk accross the block won’t hurt their feet. The vet said you need to worry more about their coats than their feet.
ETA – now I’m seeing other peoples’ responses, so maybe my words should be taken with a grain of salt. FWIW, the vet I was talking to was an exotics vet, so his area of expertice is not domestic cats and dogs. Or maybe it just depends on the dogs? The dogs my parents have had always seem to have tough little pads – I would imagine some dogs might have more sensitive feet?
Post # 7
Fortunately, my dog is little, I carry him. It dosn’t get too hot out here but you can feel the heat coming from the pavement and I will see that it is bothering him. One time I did this while walking across the parking lot and into Petsmart. Other customers saw me doing this and were like “Awwww….you care about his footsies”.
Damn right I do! Dog is like my baby, I watch him like a hawk. haha!
Post # 8
I made the mistake once of walking my dog on hot concrete and I totally didn’t think about the heat. She took it like a champ but after a few minutes, we happened to check on her and her poor little paws were totally pink/red!
If your dog is small, you can perhaps carry him/her over the hot spots (e.g. concrete) and then let him/her walk only in the shade/grass? I usually check the ground before I let my dogs walk on it now. If I’m wearing flip flops, I’ll just touch the ground with my foot and if not, I just pat the ground. If it feels warm-ish, I usually hold my hand there for a little while to see if it really heats up because if you think about it, a dog isn’t always constantly on the go and s/he stands still too.
Another option would be to get booties, but I would get the high quality ones that actually feel like people shoes, not like a little thin sock.
Post # 9
@StL.Ashley: “paws are a lot tougher than human feet … Obviously you don’t want to leave your dog standing on hot black asphalt all day, but a quick walk accross the block won’t hurt their feet.”
Agreed. I’ve never done anything special and my dog doesn’t seem bothered in the least. Snow and ice don’t phase her either.
Post # 10
My guys have grown up in Phoenix but Fawkes’s feet have never toughened up. And we’re talking three straight years of going for twice daily walks before we moved into a place with a yard. The sidewalks are too hot for him even crossing from one grassy area to the next. He does this popcorn walk thing, trying to keep his feet off the pavement.
After more than about ten seconds, he whines and rears up on his hind legs with his front paws on my waist, asking to be picked up. He’s 60 pounds and gangly, but he knows how to sit on my hip just like a toddler!
Post # 11
I have two Yorkies, and we live downtown. Thankfully, there’s a park literally next door, so we carry them on the cement to the park and then let them do their business. And, we don’t take them on extended walks until after 5-6.
Post # 12
You should try Musher’s Secret:
It’s a minty-smelling wax that you rub onto your dog’s paw pads, and it’s good for those dogs (like mine) that refuse to wear booties and weigh 80 lbs 🙂
The main use is to protect against salt/snow, but it also says it’s good for paws on hot asphalt. I haven’t tried it for that yet, but it worked really well for the winter use.
You can get it at Petsmart and it comes in a huuuge tub that lasts forever
Post # 13
@ellisrobertson: “he knows how to sit on my hip just like a toddler! “
I love it! My boy Yorkie does this too!
Post # 14
@ByLandAndBySea: Oh my! I hadn’t even thought of what the snow is going to be like for my little guys now that we’ve moved to the north! How does this stuff work?
Post # 15
wow I hadn’t thought of this at all! Where I live 105 degrees is pretty typical in the summer and I have a new puppy… will be talking to the vet next week about this… for now I’m going to carry him, and set him in the grass. Thanks for bringing this to my attention
Post # 16
I wish I could carry our boy, but he’s 90lbs and a lab and I’ve tried and can’t even get all four feet of the ground at once! We usually don’t even think about the winter time–here in NC we’re lucky if we get an inch or so of snow, and when we play in it it’s never long enough to bother him. We just get the snow and ice out from between his toes and wash his paws off with warm water. He’s a lab, so I assumed he was fine with the snow!
He hates the heat already though, and is kind of in this mid-summer comatose-totally-lazy mode where he just ambles oustide in the grass to potty and then sometimes just comes right back in before doing anything because it’s too hot!
Luckily we’ll be at the beach during this crazy heat wave, so he mostly just has to walk across the grass to the sound and hop right in! We were hoping to take him downtown to jump off the piers and that is when a walk over the pavement is required, but I think I will take some of these ideas and maybe bring a water bottle or spray bottle for the short walk, but I think we can get most of the way with him walking in the grass! Poor dogs!