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How to Protect Dogs’ Paws on Hot Pavement

This year has been so hot outside that you may be putting off walking your dog because of what the heat can do to you and your pet. You may ask, how can I protect my dog’s paws while we are taking a walk? Should I be one of those overprotective pet parents and buy her, dare I say it, a pair of booties?

The answer is a resounding YES!

Before you and your dog take a walk, check the sidewalk temperature with your hand or foot; if it’s too hot for you, it is too hot for them. If no shade or grass areas are available for your dog to walk on, it might be worth considering putting boots on your dog’s paws to protect its pads from concrete burns.

And those burns DO happen. A friend let her Corgi pup out for some fresh air. Once her paws hit the hot patio pavement, she cried out in pain! Now her sweet baby will not step on the cement, and my friend carries her to the grass for potty breaks!

Our 4-legged friends’ paw pads are tough enough to withstand almost anything but not enough to withstand the blazing heat coming up from paved surfaces.

For your pet’s sake and your heartfelt feelings, keep a pair of fashionable booties close at hand to pull out on walks when the temperatures rise. Your best friend may fuss when you first put them on, but she will get used to them and thank you with a big puppy smile and a skip in her step.

To find a pair of these lovelies, visit your local pet store,, or

Check out the chart below and ask yourself, on a hot day would YOU want to walk barefoot across one of these surfaces?

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Source: Climate and Agriculture in the Southwest


Laura Sutherland

Laura Sutherland is the owner of WAG-n-TRAIN pet services, East Dallas’s premier pet care provider. Laura is insured, and a member of the Professional United Petsitters (PUPs).

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