Protect Your Dog’s Paws in the Summer Heat

Paw Pad Burn Prevention & Treatment at Our Cary Animal Hospital

The vet staff at our Cary animal hospital is passionate about educating pet parents about the potential dangers that the hot summer weather poses for our beloved animal companions. Heatstroke (or an unsafe increase in body temperature) is perhaps the most serious complication that may befall a pet that is not adequately protected from the heat. However, burned paw pads are also a hazard during the summer months, because the ground can get very hot–very quickly!

We humans don’t always notice how hot the ground is since we’re usually walking around in shoes. On the next hot summer day, reach down and touch the sidewalk or pavement. You may be amazed at how scorching it can feel!

Now–just imagine walking around on that in your bare feet all day! This is the challenge that our animal companions face.

Tips from Our Veterinarian in Cary to Protect Your Pet’s Precious Paws

Dogs and cats rely on healthy paws for a variety of daily tasks, including regulating their body temperature, walking, and even scratching and cleaning themselves. Burns on paw pads can be extremely painful and are at a high risk for infection. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind as we enjoy the rest of the summer months in order to protect our animals against paw pad burns:

  1. On super hot and humid days, try to keep your pets indoors. At the very least, don’t let them stay outside for too long.
  2. If your animal does go outside, make sure she has access to shade and cool (not ice cold) water. Bring her to surroundings that do not absorb a lot of heat, such as grass or wood chips.
  3. Do not walk your dog during the hottest parts of the days. Try early morning or late evening instead.

Call Our Veterinarian in Cary Today!

Do you believe your pet may have burned her paws on the hot asphalt or cement? Don’t hesitate. Call the Chatham Animal Hospital (919) 469-8114 to connect with our veterinarian in Cary right away. Our team can advise you on basic first aid techniques and let you know if we think you should bring your pet in for professional medical treatment.

Please call our Cary veterinarian Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey,
or Dr. Craddock at Chatham Animal Hospital today at
(919) 469-8114 if you would like to discuss this further!

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