Protect your pet's paws from hot asphalt

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 11:00:26-04

Idaho has been heating up over the last couple of days. The heat can be enjoyable for some, but our four-legged friends might feel otherwise.

The temperatures are reaching around 100 degrees this week, so walking your pet can be more dangerous.

“Any time the air temperature is increasing, we worry that the asphalt is quite warmer than the air,” Veterinarian at Treasure Valley Veterinary Hospital, Kathleen Zann says.

Studies show when air temperatures outside are 77 degrees, the asphalt can be about 125 degrees.

So, if the temperate outside is around 90 degrees, the asphalt can reach about 145 degrees.

“They can get thermal burns, and they can declare themselves as blisters. They can start to tear their pads and expose that tissue underneath, which can be pretty sensitive and painful,” Zann says.

It is also essential to ensure that your dog is staying hydrated when heading outside on a hot day.

“Take those collapsible dog bowls so that they are getting plenty of water. So, if you’re thirsty, they’re thirsty because usually dogs are expending a lot more energy with their walking and running around more than we do,” Zann says.

If you plan on taking your pet on a walk over the next few days, walk them on the grass or early in the morning before the asphalt heats up.