Hot surfaces can hurt your pet's paws

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The summer weather can put a burden on your pet and their paws.

As the weather heats up, the pavement does the same.

"Usually when its about 70–80 degrees, that asphalt is at least 100–130 degrees already," said Rebecca Sheffield, office manager of the Twin Falls Animal Shelter.

So you can only imagine how the pavement feels on a 90 degree day, which Dr. Andy Fisher told me could hurt your pets paws.

"The heat can blister them and make ulcers that are very sore and pads don't heal very good. They're sore to heal. They're hard to keep clean (especially when they're young)," explained Dr. Fisher. "Young pets have really thin, uncornified paw pads."

That makes them more susceptible to burns.

However, you can protect them and keep them safe while letting hem get their daily exercise.

"A good rule of thumb when it's hot out for asphalt for walking dogs is if you can place the back of your hand on the asphalt and it's too hot after five seconds, it's too hot for your dog's paws," explained Sheffield.

You can take them on early morning or late night walks, but if that doesn't work for you, Sheffield suggests to walk on the grass. You can also get little booties for you dogs that will help keep the heat away from the paws.

They may not like it at first, but persistence will help them get acclimated to wearing those paw protectors. Dr. Fisher recalls the first time he put booties on his dog.

"Mine was like a Tennessee walker high steppin', you know," he said. "Now we put them on her and she runs like lightning."

The danger also applies to letting your dog ride in the back of your pickup truck without proper lining, which could cause them to jump out.

"A simple fix would be a strip of scrap carpet whether it be two foot by four foot, something they could get some relief," he suggested.

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