When it comes to exploring the great outdoors, your four-legged friend probably seems immune to things like rough terrain and dirt. In summertime, there are many dangers your dog will face that you need to keep a careful eye out for. No doubt you are well aware of the deadly danger of leaving your dog in the car, but even saying outside for 15 minutes can lead to signs of heat stroke! This is especially concerning if your pet is a predisposed breed, but and all dogs are susceptible in the strong Arizona sun. Did you know that walking on hot surface can do serious damage to your dog’s paws? Here’s information about what can happen, what to look out for, and how to make sure your pup stays cool all the way down to his toes.
What Is the Danger?
Walking on surfaces that are too hot can lead to more than temporary pain (and who wants our best friend to experience even that?). All four of your dog’s feet can get burned, making walking difficult and extremely painful for an extended period of time. Additionally, burned paws are susceptible to infections, which, if gone untreated, can lead to threats to your dog’s health and wellbeing.
What to Look Out For
You should regularly wash your dog’s feet, and use that as an opportunity to check the paws for signs of damage. Here are other symptoms to monitor that will let you know that your dog may have burned his paws:
- Sudden Limping
- Not Wanting to Walk
- Licking or Chewing at the Feet
- A Color Change of Your Dog’s Paw Pads to a Pink or Red Color
- Missing Skin or Blisters on the Pads
If you observe these symptoms, do not wait, contact us by telephone at (480)968-9275 right away. It’s important that your dog is treated immediately to mitigate pain and make sure infection doesn’t set in.