With the arrival of heat, there are some precautions that we must implement to guarantee the well-being of our dogs. Among them, pay special attention that they always have fresh water and protect them from certain parasites that proliferate in spring and summer.
Another aspect that we must take into account is the care of its pads. Dog pads are quite resistant, as they act as a protective barrier for their paws as they are constantly in contact with the ground. However, they are also sensitive and packed with nerve endings. In addition, in them are the sweat glands that allow the dog to regulate its temperature and, by rubbing them against the ground, they mark territory, leaving their scent impregnated. These same sweat glands are responsible for keeping the pads moist and hydrated, so they don't dry out.
In the pads there are also fat deposits with which they remain elastic, in order to cushion the tread. However, if we do not care for and protect them properly, they suffer attacks such as irritation, cuts, dryness and abrasion burns, both in winter if they step on snow or ice and in summer when the asphalt reaches high temperatures.
First, you'll need to internalize the five-second rule. When you go to take your dog outside, put the palm of your hand on the ground for five seconds. If you can't take the heat, your dog's paws shouldn't be exposed to it either. During the summer days, try to take your furry friend for a walk avoiding the central hours of the day. Also be careful with the sand on the beach, which reaches high temperatures on sunny days.
Prioritize walks in shady areas and natural environments such as parks, where the ground is grass or earth, since it heats up less. If possible, carry your pet in your arms as you walk across the asphalt and release it when you reach the grass. Or put him some special shoes, although not everyone tolerates them well. Start putting them on little by little at home and reward him until he gets used to it. You can also periodically moisten its legs with water to cool it down.
Be careful with the areas of spikes, as these dig into their pads and can also get into your dog's eyes, nose, mouth or ears. Also avoid areas with pine trees where there are usually processionary caterpillars or places where there are bees or wasps that sting your dog.
Once at home, check your dog's pads to check that they are not cracked, too dry, that it has not burned or made any injuries. Do not hesitate to go to the vet if there are wounds or insect bites. Finally, moisturize your dog's pads with a specific cream for this purpose to prevent them from cracking due to dryness and thus keep them strong, resistant and elastic.