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Posted on 07-19-2017

Tips to Protect Your Dog's Paws from the Summer Heat from Our Greensboro Emergency Animal Hospital

At Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic our veterinarians see too many cases of dogs whose paws have been burned on hot pavement. Even with relatively cool summertime temperatures, the pavement can damage your dog's paws. At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the asphalt's temperature rises to a blistering 125 degrees – hot enough to damage soft tissue in only 60 seconds. The pavement's temperature increases exponentially with the air temperature, rising to 135 degrees at 86 degrees. The following tips from our Greensboro emergency animal hospital will help you protect your dog's paws and fun this summer. protect your dog's paws during the summer heat in greensboro

  1. Avoid the hottest times of the day. Take your dog for walks on the pavement and sidewalk only during cool times of the day such as morning and evening. The sun is at its hottest between 10 am and 2 pm. If you are not sure, test the pavement with your hand before taking your dog out. 
  2. Play in the grass. If you cannot avoid the afternoon heat, minimize your dog's paws contact with asphalt by taking your dog to a shaded, grassy area to run about. 
  3. Wax your dog's paws. Specially designed to protect your dog's paws, paw wax defends against summer heat, burning, and cracking in addition to winter dangers like sharp ice, salt, and chemicals. 
  4. Go shoe shopping. Several iterations of shoes, boots, and socks are available to protect your dog's paws. From lightweight to heavy-duty, dog footgear puts a layer between your dog's paws and the pavement. Shoes should not be left on too long, however; paw pads are one of the spots from which dogs perspire and cool. 

Seek Emergency Pet Care in Greensboro Immediately

In summer, protecting your dog from heat stroke is also imperative. Provide plenty of shade and water, and if you notice signs of heat stroke in your dog, contact us at (336) 288-2688 for immediate emergency pet care in Greensboro. 

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