• May 22nd, 2024
    Written by: Kimberly

    Burnt paws are a painful and unfortunately common injury for dogs during hot weather. Concrete and asphalt get extremely hot in the sun, and since we’re in shoes and dogs are not, we may forget that our dogs have their bare paws on the burning hot ground.

    NOTE: Pay attention to warning signs. If your dog looks like it’s walking a bit funny on the ground or seeking out cool ground or shade, chances are it’s too hot. You can test this yourself by putting your hand on the ground and seeing if your hand feels like it’s burning.

    Should your dog burn their paws, the sooner you take action, the better.

    What to Do Right Away

    As soon as you realize your dog’s paws are burnt, gently rinse them with cool (not cold) water for 10 to 15 minutes. This helps to reduce the temperature of the burn and alleviate pain.

    Examine the burns carefully. If the burns are more than just superficial, or if there are blisters, deep redness, or signs of charring, seek veterinary attention immediately. Your vet may prescribe pain relief, antibiotics to prevent infection, and special bandages that promote healing.

    If the paws are injured but not severely, or you’ve already been treated by the vet, you can consider the following:

    • Keep the paws clean and free from dirt. You may need to cover them lightly with sterile bandages or protective boots to prevent further injury.
    • Keep your dog away from hot surfaces, chemicals, and anything that could further irritate the burns. This includes avoiding walks on hot pavement or sandy areas.
    • Reduce your dog’s activity level to prevent stress on the injured paws. Encourage them to rest and avoid long walks until the paws are healed.

    You should then watch for signs of infection such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or a foul odor. If any of these signs occur, contact your vet immediately.

    Long-Term Care

    Once your dog's paws are healed, implement a routine to take care of their paws, like regular moisturizing with pet-safe balms and checking for debris or injuries regularly.

    To prevent future incidents, be mindful of walking your dog during cooler times of the day in hot weather and always check the pavement with your hand before letting your dog walk on it.

    Helping a dog with burnt paws requires prompt action to cool and protect the injury, proper medical treatment, and careful monitoring during the healing process. With attentive care and preventive measures, you can help ensure your dog’s paws heal well and reduce the risk of future injuries.