Avoid hot surfaces during summer months to prevent burnt paw pads.
Don't forget concrete, asphalt, metal and other outdoor surfaces get very hot during the summer. To tell if the outdoor surface is too hot for your dog's paws by pressing the back of your hand to the pavement for seven seconds. If it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your dog's paws. Look to walk your dog during morning or evening hours when the pavement is less hot.
Be even more careful when walking your dog on asphalt. At an air temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt temperature has been measured at 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, at an air temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt temperature has been measured at 135 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures can be very dangerous to dogs as skin destruction can occur at 125 degrees Fahrenheit.