For the health of our pups, we have to do what the Celtics couldn’t: beat the heat.

As the summer sun shines down on our Pine Tree State, temperatures are set to skyrocket, making it crucial for pet owners to be aware of the dangers posed to their furry friends. One often overlooked hazard is the scorching heat of asphalt, which can cause serious harm to your dog's delicate paws. But worry not, there's a simple way to assess if it's too hot for your canine companion.

Experts recommend performing the "seven-second test" to determine whether the pavement is too hot for your pet. Here's how it works: gently touch the asphalt with the back of your hand for a full seven seconds. If you find it unbearable to withstand the heat for that long, then it's safe to say it's also too hot for your dog's paws.

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The ground can heat up significantly more than the surrounding air, quickly becoming a hazard for our four-legged folks. Even if the outdoor temperature seems pleasantly warm, it doesn't necessarily mean the pavement is safe for their paws.

So, what are the signs of burns to look out for? If your dog's paws are affected, you may notice redness and swelling, indicating a first-degree burn. Clear blisters are visible with second-degree burns, while third-degree burns can result in charred skin. It's crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly if you suspect your furry friend has suffered from burnt paws.

In the unfortunate event of burnt paws, here are some first-aid measures recommended by veterinarians to alleviate the discomfort until professional help can be obtained. Start by cooling down the affected paws under gently running water, ensuring the water is not ice-cold. If available, you can also bandage each affected paw. In the absence of bandages, a clean sock can provide a temporary protective covering.

Of course, prevention is the best medicine. Here's how you can help your furry friend avoid the risk of burnt paws altogether. Always remember to perform the "seven-second test" before embarking on walks with your dog. Opt for grassy areas or meadows whenever possible, as these surfaces tend to stay cooler. Additionally, consider scheduling walks during the cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or late evenings, when the ground is less likely to be scorching hot.

Our furry companions bring us immense joy, and it's our responsibility to keep them safe and protected, especially during the sweltering summer months. By being vigilant and taking these simple precautions, we can ensure that our four-legged friends can enjoy their outdoor adventures without any paw-related mishaps.


Also, just wanted to show off how cute my Goldendoodle, Gabby, is. Wouldn't want her to have any preventable paw problems!

Stay cool, stay safe, and keep those paws protected!

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