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Going for a walk in summer: Avoid hot asphalt with your dog


Of course, you also want to treat your four-legged friend to his daily run in summer. However, caution is advised when going for a walk in high summer temperatures. Especially the hot asphalt under the paws can be painful for a dog. Walking on asphalt in summer can be a problem for your dog - Image: Shutterstock / Jolanta Beinarovica

Walking in midsummer can be very uncomfortable for your dog - after all, your furry friend cannot sweat like a human, but has to give off sweat through the tongue and paws. It also moves much closer to the asphalt heated by the sun. Its circulation can also be affected by the heat. In order to make your dog's summer as pleasant as possible, you should take some precautionary measures when walking the dog in the hot months.

Be careful when going for a walk in summer

It is best to take your dog for a walk on hot days only in the morning or evening hours when the sun is not burning so intensely from the sky. Make sure that dog harnesses or collars are not too tight - especially a collar that is too tight prevents the dog from panting and can therefore compensate for heat. In addition, you protect your four-legged friend by choosing shorter distances and taking a slower pace than usual, so as not to overwhelm the dog's circulation. A hot dog tour where your dog runs alongside the bike should be avoided entirely in hot temperatures. Commands such as "seat" or "seat" are also taboo on hot summer floors. Instead of asphalt and similar road surfaces, choose paths with sand, grass or earth as a base for the sensitive dog paws.

How to test whether the surface is too hot

As a master or mistress, you don't necessarily notice in summer how much the street or sidewalk heats up under your shoes. In contrast, your dog runs "barefoot" on the hot asphalt. It is therefore better not to go for a walk in the afternoon when the plaster is really hot. You can do a test to determine whether the surface is really too warm for your dog. If you can't put the back of your hand on the hot asphalt for more than five seconds or if your skin hurts noticeably, you should keep your four-legged friend's paws off the road.

Hot asphalt: dog shoes and ointment help

One way in which you can protect your dog or dog paws from hot surfaces in summer is dog shoes. Ask specialist retailers about suitable protective shoes for your animal partner and try it out on site to see if the dog shoes fit. Your dog may need to get used to it first; however, protection pays off in summer.

A general option for paw care is regular creaming with a special paw balm, which you can also get from pet stores. Paw balm is particularly useful for care after a walk, but does not protect against hot asphalt - the ointment is a care measure, not a protection. Basically, you should check your dog's paws again and again and, if necessary, remove foreign bodies and dirt.