Protect Your Pet's Paws from the Heat
Here are some tips for walking safely with your pet.
Imagine walking barefoot on a hot walkway. Although pets' paws are tougher than human feet, they can still get blisters on hot pavement or sand, especially with the summer heat.
Pinellas County Animal Services offers tips for walking with your pet in the summer:
- Avoid walking in the heat of the day
- Watch for surfaces with full exposure to the sun
- Take strolls in the early morning or in the evening
- Look for shady trails
- Walk on the grass
If your pet gets on a hot surface, look for "blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately."