During this heat wave the Boys have let me know – their paws get hot too! Lately no one has been begging me to go outside, let alone stay out there for any lengthy period of time.
The other day when I took their leashes out for our after dinner walk – I could have sworn Jaxson gave me the stink eye…
This heat has played havoc across the country and in Charleston it’s close to unbearable. Temperatures not only continue to rise, but there’s no relief at night.
Like thousands of other pet parents – our walks are super short. Even if I wait later in the afternoon, the pavement is still scorching to the touch which means their paw pads are going to feel the heat as well…
SEVEN SECOND RULE –
I try to check the pavement before we set out for our walk. Once we’re on the sidewalk I stand – barefoot – for seven seconds. This helps me feel what they endure and it helps me determine the length of our walk.
Often we pause in the shade and “hang-out” on grassy patches for a few minutes. Natural grass is the coolest place to walk a dog during extremely high temperatures…
Stopping often takes us a little longer to circle one – four block radius but they seem to enjoy our breaks in the shade and on the grass.
WHAT TO AVOID? –
Can you guess which material is the hottest for your dog to walk on? –
- artificial grass
If you chose artificial grass – then you’re smarter than I am.
Artificial grass is THE hottest material followed by asphalt, brick and then concrete. Surprisingly “sand” wasn’t listed which I found interesting since we all know sand gets pretty dog-gone (pun intended) hot!
Here’s an interesting graph showing temperatures of six different surfaces on a hot summer’s day –
COOLING REMEDIES –
Booties are probably the best option to ensure your dogs paws/pads do not feel the heat when the temperatures rise – but booties are a bad word in our house.
The Boys have an absodoodle fit when I put them on let alone try to coax them outside. It’s not a pretty sight.
There are however two products I’ve started using after we come back inside…
Malacetic Wet Wipes – helps balance their skin surface pH to ward off overgrowth of fungus and yeast. and works well with sensitive skin to remove allergens and other pathogens. While this is its primary purpose -I find it cleans and soothes their paws, and has a terrific peachy fragrance.
Mal-A-Ket Pads – If we spend too much time in the grass – trying to avoid the hot cement, I use these pads which are pre-moistened antiseptic anti fungal wipes to prevent irritation. This way, I’m ahead of the excessive licking which could lead to what I call the “birth” of a hot spot! #petparentnightmare
Both of these topical products are safe for all areas of their bodies and it really seems to sooth their pads.
MAKING THE BEST OF IT –
There have been some rare occasions, early in the morning, when we’re able to steal a breeze before the heat index starts to climb. I allow them to take as much of it in – even if it makes me a little tardy for work.
Their ears flap ever so gently from the soft movement of the trees and I’m reminded of a 70’s R&B classic –
Summer breeze makes me feel fine – Blowing through the jasmine in my mind…
How are you helping your pups get through these dog days of summer with this relentless heat?
Share your secrets…
This week be the energy you want to attract ❤️