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After that storm of biblical proportions last week, we’re pleased to announce the weather will be heating up.
Yep, it may be mid-July but we can officially announce that it’s summer time as we can expect temperatures to shoot towards the high-20s, with wall-to-wall sunshine everyday – just in time for lockdown restrictions to ease.
However, as much as we love the hot weather, less can be said for our pet dogs, with our little fur babies finding the heat a struggle.
Not only do their thick, fluffy coats cause them to get hot very quickly, but their paws can be very sensitive to the pavements – which themselves absorb lots of heat and can be especially hard to walk on in such hot temperatures.
But dogs still need exercise, so it’s essential that we know the best time to take them for a play – and one woman has shown a very simple way to check whether it’s too hot to take Fido out for walkies.
Taking to TikTok, user tomandtoto explained: “When you can’t hold the back of your first against the pavement for five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.”
With hot weather, vets advise that pet parents keep an eye on your dog’s paws for signs of paw pad burn.
If your canine companion has had too much sunshine on his paws, they will show showing signs of discomfort, holding up a foot, limping, or vocalising when walking if his paw pad is burned. In some extreme cases, the paw may turn red.
Dr. M. Duffy Jones, DVM, of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in Atlanta, told PetMD: “There is actually a physical burn when the paw pads are burned when the concrete is too hot.
“These manifest themselves as blisters that rupture over the course of a few days after the burn. There might not be many clinical signs except pain expressed by the pet when it happens but, just as in people with burns, you can see blisters that can rupture and the pet might be acting painful and licking at their feet.”
To avoid the dreaded paw burn, be sure to walk your dog out for exercise early at the day or later in the evening when it's far cooler and more bearable for our pups.
If you suspect your pet may be suffering, always contact your vet for advice.
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