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Posted on 07-24-2017
The vet staff at our Cary animal hospital is passionate about educating pet parents about the potential dangers that the hot summer weather poses for our beloved animal companions. Heatstroke (or an unsafe increase in body temperature) is perhaps the most serious complication that may befall a pet that is not adequately protected from the heat. However, burned paw pads are also a hazard during the summer months, because the ground can get very hot--very quickly!
We humans don't always notice how hot the ground is since we're usually walking around in shoes. On the next hot summer day, reach down and touch the sidewalk or pavement. You may be amazed at how scorching it can feel!
Now--just imagine walking around on that in your bare feet all day! This is the challenge that our animal companions face.
Dogs and cats rely on healthy paws for a variety of daily tasks, including regulating their body temperature, walking, and even scratching and cleaning themselves. Burns on paw pads can be extremely painful and are at a high risk for infection. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind as we enjoy the rest of the summer months in order to protect our animals against paw pad burns:
Do you believe your pet may have burned her paws on the hot asphalt or cement? Don't hesitate. Call the Chatham Animal Hospital (919) 469-8114 to connect with our veterinarian in Cary right away. Our team can advise you on basic first aid techniques and let you know if we think you should bring your pet in for professional medical treatment.
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