Summer temperatures can make pavement and asphalt too hot for pets to walk on. To test if it is too hot for your pet, press the back of your hand on the floor. If you cannot stand the heat for 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your pet to walk on. Use grassy or shaded areas only. You can also purchase doggie boots to help protect the paws. If you think that your pet’s paws were burned by the hot floor, you should have the paws looked at by a veterinarian. Sometimes pets may lick their paws to try and heal them, which can cause even more irritation. Pets with injured paw pads may need paws bandaged and possibly pain medicine and antibiotics.
Written by Susan Lopez: Pet Hospital