Vets warn against dangers of walking pets in hot temperatures | KOB 4

Vets warn against dangers of walking pets in hot temperatures

Casey Torres
June 26, 2019 04:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- More and more dogs can be seen playing in parks, and this time of year, the summer heat can do more than dehydrate them.


Dr. Veronica Bingamon, a veterinarian at Zia Pet Hospital, said concrete, asphalt, turf or any other hard surface can heat up and burn a pet's paw pads.

"I have seen dozens of cases where pets have burned their paw pads, or they have sustained some sort of injury from the weather," she said.

Paw pads are as sensitive as human skin. Dr. Bingamon said it's also one of the few places dogs sweat, so the moisture on the pads can cause serious burns if a sidewalk is hot enough.

"Our dogs can experience something as minor as first degree burn when it's just the surface, but it can progress as a fourth degree burn where there's actual tissue showing."

The veterinarian has had to sew back paw pads. She said if they are badly injured, the paw pads might grow back deformed.

To make sure that doesn't happen, Dr. Bingamon said not to take your dog or cat out if your bare feet or hands can't stand a hard surface for more than three seconds.

She recommends booties, paw protective stickers, and walking your pet more often to build up calluses for tolerance.

Take your pet to the vet if you notice more licking of the feet, limping, or reluctance to walking. Sometimes, injury doesn't necessarily mean bleeding or torn paw pads.


Casey Torres

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