Pet Critical Care: Pet Paw Care in Extreme Weather

essential pet critical carePet owners hear a lot of warnings about the risk of heatstroke, but not much is said about the dangers that are literally underfoot. Asphalt, gravel, concrete, sand, wood, and metal absorb heat and remain hot for hours after sunset. Our own feet are protected from surface temperatures, so why wouldn’t we give delicate pet paws the same treatment? Pet paw care is important year round, and it remains a high priority this summer.

A Quick Glance

Your pet’s paws just help him or her get from point A to point B, right? While paws certainly help with logistics and mobility, dogs also employ their paw pads to help regulate body temperature. Younger animals especially are at a higher risk of injury since they have not yet built up any calluses from their day to day movements. Continue…