Test the pavement temperature with your hand before heading out. If it's too hot for your palm, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
Opt for walks during the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Pavement heats up quickly in direct sunlight.
Use paw balms or dog booties to shield your dog's paw pads from the scorching pavement. Apply before heading out for added protection.
Whenever possible, walk your dog on grassy areas to minimize pavement exposure. Grass is cooler and gentler on your dog's paws.
Carry water for both you and your dog. Take frequent breaks in shaded spots and offer water to keep your pet hydrated.
Pay attention to your dog's behavior. If they start lifting or limping their paws, it's a sign that the pavement is too hot.
Place cooling mats near doors or entrances to provide relief for your dog's paws when they return from a walk.