Hot Pavement Can Burn a Dog's Feet Too

August 16, 2011; 5:10 AM ET
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As the sun heats up roads, sidewalks and sand, the pads of your dog's feet need to be protected from burns and blisters.

Almost everyone has experienced the unpleasant sensation of standing on a very hot road. How many of us realize the road can be just as dangerous for our dogs?

The signs that a dog has burned pads are limping, refusing to walk, darker than usual pads, blisters, redness, missing parts of the pad or licking and chewing the foot, according to

A dog that has been in the water for a while is more easily injured due to pads that have been softened.

If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, the best treatment is to immediately flush the injured paw with cool water, get the dog to a grassy area, and carry him/her if possible.

As soon as possible, the dog should be checked by a veterinarian. The veterinarian will determine if the dog needs pain medication and/or antibiotics.

The paws should be kept as clean as possible and bandaged until they fully heal.

When taking your dog out with you this summer, be aware of hot surfaces, and try to walk the dog in grassy areas. A wet towel can also be useful for the dog to stand on while loading him/her into the car.


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