Protect Your Pet's Paws from the Summer Heat!
The summer sun can be fun to play in, but as a pet owner, you need to take extra precautions to ensure your animal stays safe from the heat. Our Coronado and Imperial Beach veterinarian staff have several suggestions to prevent your animal from overheating and burning its paws on the hot pavement, cement, and asphalt.
5 Tips to Protect Your Pet's Paws During Hot Summer Months
Dogs and especially cats require their paws to help stay cool and control their body temperature. Injury to paw pads can be painful, uncomfortable, and particularly prone to infection. So, in order to protect your animal's adorable little feet this summer, follow these tips:
- Do not exercise or walk your animal outside during the hottest part of the day.
- Always offer your animal a cool place to rest indoors or a shady area outdoors on non-heat absorbing surfaces like grass or wood chips.
- Know the symptoms of a paw pad injury. Cats and dogs often limp, hold their injured paw up off the ground, whimper, or excessively lick or bite at their paws. If their pads appeared injured or burned, you can apply basic first aid to prevent infection and soothe their pain. This includes cleaning the paws in cool (not cold) water and applying pet-safe antibiotic ointment and bandages if necessary.
- Consider looking into Coronado pet boarding at our animal hospital if you need somewhere safe and cool to leave your animal. This is a perfect solution if you're going out of town, having guests, or simply would like your pet to have a little "vacation" of its own. Our clean and climate controlled boarding and kennel facility can help your pet beat the heat and still get plenty of exercise and socialization.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's paws, call our Coronado vet team right away. We'll be able to offer you guidance on what to do, and if you should bring your animal in to see us.
Call Our Veterinarian in Coronado Today!
The team at our animal hospital can help! If you're looking for a veterinarian in Coronado or would like to learn more about our veterinary services, including Coronado pet boarding, then call us today at (619) 435-6281.