Hot pavements can burn a dog's paws, so here's a 7-second heat test

  • Animals
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019


Would you want to walk barefoot on a hot day when the sun is nearly melting the pavement? No, and dogs don’t want to either, animal welfare advocates say. That’s because hot surfaces like bitumen can burn their paws, just the way they can burn your skin.

A so-called seven-second test will help you check if the surface of a pavement is too hot for your pet’s paws. Just hold the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. “If you can’t stand it, then the heat from the ground is too much for dog paws,” says pet expert Sarah Ross.

But if your dog has burned its feet while out for a walk on a hot day, don’t wait for things to heal. It’s best that a vet take a look right away to prevent serious harm. Until then, try cooling their paws under running cool water.

However, just like you would if you burnt your own foot, make sure the water isn’t ice cold. It can also be helpful to bandage their paw, or at least to protect it by putting a clean sock over it before you take your pet out on the pavement. – dpa

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