When To Cover Your Dog's Paws

Sunny days often mean more play time for dogs, but owners must be mindful of the hazard to paws when the temperature rises.

Common paving materials can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit in the height of summer.

When owners walk their dogs on hot surfaces for too long, they risk getting pad burns, which can cause blistering, tissue loss, and severe pain.

Find out whether the surface is too hot by pressing the back of your hand against the surface.

If you can’t hold it there for seven seconds, it’s too hot for a dog’s paws.

Covering their paws with dog shoes, socks, or peel-and-stick pads help protect the paws from heat and injuries.

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