Hot weather warning after dog burns paws on pavement

Boxer dog Buster sits on the floor of our veterinary clinci

Dog owners are being warned to protect their dogs’ paws from hot pavements, after Blue Cross vets treated a dog for burns.

When Buster’s owner noticed he was lame after a walk, they visited our Hammersmith animal hospital in west London to get him checked out.

Buster's paw pads are blistered
Buster burnt his paws after walking on a hot pavement. Prevent this by standing on the pavement without shoes or socks for five seconds. If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

Vets discovered he had burnt his paw pads after being walked on a hot path under the summer sun.

Tracey Parnell, Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse, said: “In this hot weather, dogs should only be walked first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

"A simple test is to take your own shoes off and stand on the path. If you are unable to keep your feet on the path for five seconds, then it is not safe to walk your dog.

“Buster’s owner was unaware about walking dogs on hot paths and is keen to let other dog owners know the dangers.”

Buster needed to wear special booties to help soothe his paws and we expect him to make a full recovery.

As well as doing the pavement temperature test, we also recommend exercising dogs on grass and sticking to walking pets in the mornings and evenings when it is cooler.

Walking dogs during hot summer temperatures can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal.

Read more about how you can protect your dog this summer here.