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Hot Weather Paw Care

Summer is coming! As you get ready for summer—by which we mean putting those two sweaters away—don’t forget about your canine buddy. Florida’s heat can be tough on Fido! Not only is your dog already wearing a fur coat, he’s walking around barefoot. Yikes! Here, a South Dade, FL vet offers tips on caring for your pet’s feet in hot weather.

Paw Balm

There’s a reason flip-flops are so popular around here! If you’ve ever walked across hot sand or tar, you know how painful it can be. Walking or running on hot surfaces isn’t any more fun for dogs than it is for us. Fido can get very painful burns or blisters on his paw pads in summer. Whenever possible, walk your pet in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler out. Also, try to keep your canine pal on soft ground as much as possible.

Paw Wear

Fido probably won’t go for wearing sandals or flip-flops, but he might not mind paw booties or doggy socks. Might, of course, is the operative word here: results may vary. If your pup isn’t having it, use paw balm or wax to protect your his paws.

Swimming Care

Just like human skin, Fido’s paw pads are very delicate when wet. Sand, tar, and even pool decks can all damage your pet’s furry feet! If your canine buddy likes swimming, or even if he just enjoys splashing around in a kiddie pool, take extra care with him when he gets out of the water.

Nail Care

Overgrown nails can be quite uncomfortable for Man’s Best Friend! If Fido’s nails are too long, he may change his stride to compensate, which can put additional stress on his bones and joints. Keep your four-legged pal’s claws neatly trimmed. If you’re concerned about doing it yourself, just call us to schedule a quick pawdicure.

Paw Checks

Get into the habit of checking Fido’s paws regularly. You’ll want to look for signs of burns, blisters, or injuries, as well as insect bites, ticks, and/or matted toe fur. Minor scrapes can be treated at home with antiseptic, but call your vet for anything more than that. Don’t forget to give your pooch a treat when pawspection is over!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your South Dade, FL animal clinic, anytime.

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