Do you protect the paws? If not, you could be in for some trouble. Summer in Arizona presents some severe challenges for pet owners – especially when it comes to getting regular walks. Our excessive heat can put pets at risk for severe burns, especially during the daytime. Here’s what you need to watch for:
BURNS ON PAW PADS Concrete, asphalt and metal surfaces can all cause serious burns. If you can’t stand on the sidewalk comfortably in bare feet, then neither can your pet! A sidewalk temperature of 118° is hot enough to cause first degree burns.
WHAT TO DO During summer months, take walks early in the morning when it’s cooler, or later in the evening after the cement has had time to cool down. There are also wonderful protective pet shoe options for pets of all sizes. While pets will need to adjust to the strange sensation of not only wearing shoes, but also walking in them, they can help prevent severe burns on tender paws and pads that will require veterinary care.
- Limping/refusing to walk
- Blistering or redness of pads
- Missing portions of pads/open wounds
- Excessive licking or chewing of paws
TREATMENT Minor burns can be cared for at home using an antibiotic ointment, and by keeping the burned areas clean and protected, and avoiding walking except when necessary. If there are open wounds or blisters, best to head to AZPetVet for expert care. Find a location near you.