Safe-Paws-in-Heat   We've officially entered the Dog Days of Summer, and that means it's hotter than Hades here in Texas.  With recent temperatures in the upper 90s and reports of severe paw burns in the media, it's crucial to keep your furbaby's paws safe during the hot summer months. 

 

1. Walk cool

Seize the moment - when it's cool outside, of course. It's great to take your dog out on daily walks, but be mindful of when and where you walk. The best time of day for walks is in the early morning or late evening when the pavement and temperatures are coolest. Avoid afternoons when the sun is high or early evening because sidewalks and roads will still be too hot for pet paws.

2. Toughen those Paws

It's a good idea to stick to the pavement during the cool times of the day. In the morning or late evening, pavement is less likely to burn your dog's paws, and it will also help to toughen their pads. 

3. Grass feels good

If you absolutely must walk your dog during the warmer times of the day, be sure to stay on the grass and stick to shaded areas. Stay clear of sidewalks or any paved paths to avoid burning their pads.

4. Socks rock

Socks are a last minute option if you can't avoid the hot pavement. Like dog shoes, not every dog will wear socks, and there will always be an adjustment period. Grab a pair of your old socks or baby socks and see if your dog will tolerate them. You can also buy cute walking socks and shoes at Bark Avenue Bakery in Colleyville.