Summertime is when people spend more time outdoors and go on long walks with their beloved dogs. However, it is important to protect their sensitive paws from hot pavement.
A dog parent in Washington took their three-year-old Golden Retriever, Olaf, for a nice stroll around a lake but never considered the temperature of the pavement. After walking for a mile, his owner saw blood on the pavement and realized that something was wrong. The strong and resilient pup never showed any signs that his pads were being burned off.
Once his owner realized that his paws were hurt, he was rushed to an animal hospital. Dr. Heather O’Bannon of the Medical Lake Veterinary Hospital told KXLY that the dog is on antibiotics and pain medication to help his paws heal. His paws were wrapped in blue bandages that say “stud muffin” and is expected to make a full recovery.
“We were able to clean around those pads without him even moving a muscle,” O’Bannon said, “he got lots of belly rubs.” The pads will take several months to heal as they were burned down to the muscle.
The animal hospital took to Facebook to warn other pet parents of the danger of hot pavement. They posted, “Hot weather means hot pavement! Olaf walked over a mile on the Fish Trap Trail before his owner realized his pads were burned, and even then he wasn’t whining or limping! He is one tough cookie (and exceptionally sweet cookie).”
They reminded all pet parents that there is a simple way to test if the pavement is too hot, “A good rule of thumb is if the pavement is too hot for your hand it’s too hot for your dogs’ pads.”
The vet went on to say, “The best time is in the morning or the evening. Or at least walk them on the grass if they need to go for a walk during the day, but avoid pavement at all costs.” Another option is to purchase dog boots.
Dogs just want to be with us and it is our responsibility as parents to make sure we do what is best for them. Be sure to share this with your friends and family so everyone is aware of the dangers of hot pavement.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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