It’s even better when you can bring your pets along. Trips to the beach and walks along the coast can be great weekend breaks, but it’s important to remember to look after yourself and your dog when it’s hot outside.
Think of walking on hot sand, we all know it’s unbearable - and it’s the same for dogs. Their paws can get badly burnt if they walk on hot sidewalks or sand for too long.
These six tips which can help keep your dog safe and comfortable during the hot summer months.
Avoid walking your dog during the peak hot hours of the day
This may seem like an obvious one, but during the summer it’s important to walk your dog in the morning or evening, avoiding the middle of the day when the sidewalk can get incredibly hot.
Toughen your dog’s paws
When it is a cooler time of day, try to walk your dog on the sidewalk if they are used to softer surfaces like sand or grass. The sidewalk will make your dog’s pads tougher, giving more of a natural resistance to damage.
Walk on grass whenever possible
If you do want to head out with your pooch when it’s hot, try to walk on any grassy areas wherever possible. The temperature will be significantly cooler and give your dog’s paws a bit of a break.
Get in the sea!
No trip to the beach would be complete without having at least a paddle, so if you are heading to the coast and it’s hot, encourage your dog to have a splash in the water. Extra tip: Bring lots of drinking water for you and your dog after going in the sea, as swallowing any salty sea water can dry your mouth and make you dehydrated.
Moisturise your dog’s paws with special wipes
It’s important for your dog to have tough paws so they withstand the conditions outside, but you don’t want their pads to dry out as they’ll become more susceptible to cracking, peeling and cuts. To keep your dog’s paws in a good condition, apply fragrance free moisturizing wipes to their pads daily during the summer, helping prevent injuries and burns.
Buy your dog some boots
At first these may seem a little uncomfortable, but your dog will soon get used to them. These boots offer great protection for your dog’s paws when walking on hot surfaces. Extra tip: Do remember that dogs keep cool naturally through sweating from their tongue and their paws. Dog boots are great at protecting paws but don’t keep them on longer than necessary.
Put dog wax on before heading out
Finally, apply some natural wax to your dog’s pads before heading out. This wax creates a layer between your dog’s paws and the ground, allowing them to walk around in comfort. Also, this handy wax can be used when it’s colder too as we discussed in our Winter’s here – paws at the ready blog.