Walking A Dog in Summer
In an earlier blog entry, we talked about keeping your dog safe during the summer heat. As we are now moving into the teeth of summer we wanted to re-emphasize one very important point which is sometimes overlooked – when to walk your dog.
Simply put, it is not a good idea to walk your dog during the heat of the day and in direct sunlight. One reason, of course, is that your dog may suffer heat exhaustion – even if you are giving it water. But just as important is the fact that the hot sidewalk can burn a dog’s paws – just as it can burn your feet. You likely wouldn’t dream of taking a walk yourself in bare feet on a baking hot sidewalk. Why expose your dog to that same discomfort?
If you sense that your dog might have a burnt paw – your dog may be excessively licking its paws – you can look to see if there is a loose flap of the pad on the paw or a detached pad that has left an ulcerated patch on the paw. The latter can be treated with an anti-bacterial wash and then by bandaging the paw. If the pad is loose, you can wait for it to fall off naturally or have your vet remove it.
As a general rule, avoid summer walks after early morning, and about one hour before sundown. And by all means, avoid asphalt!