Caring for hot paws during the summer - Vet Advice from Dr Scott Miller

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Caring for hot paws during the summer - Vet Advice from Dr Scott Miller

Caring For Hot Paws


It's important to take into consideration the risks associated with hot weather during the summer and how these can have an impact on your dog. Our Vet, Dr Scott Miller shares his top tips on caring for hot paws during those hot Summer days! ☀️🐕


How do i know if its too hot to walk my dog?

Dr Scott Miller, warns If the pavement, courtyard or cobble stones are too hot for you to touch, they are too hot for your pet to stand on. Although dogs and cats have modified skin on their pads, they are still able to be burnt and cannot withstand hot temperatures for long.


When is the best time to walk my dog during the hot weather?

The best treatment is prevention, walking your dog early in the morning and later in the evening when things have cooled down, walking more in the park on grass rather than pavement or roads. If you're at all concerned its still to warm to walk your dog during these times, its best to keep your dog indoors. Its much safer for your dog to miss one walk than to be at risk from heat related condition.


What do i do if my pet has burnt their paws?

If you pet does have burnt paws, be careful when touching them as they can be painful and bite you.

  • Stand their feet in cool water to alleviate the discomfort
  • Contact your Vet as they may need pain relief or antibiotics if the burns are significant.
  • Avoid topical human creams as usually your pet will just lick them off and this could lead to further issues of gut upsets. Instead consider a cone or specifically designed booties to stop your pet from excessive licking and self trauma to the burnt areas as they heal.


If you're unsure if its safe to walk your dog during a hot day or if your dog has burnt his paws as a result of the higher temperatures on their walk, consult your vet and they will advise on the best course of action.


Vet, Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads

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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*

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