Treatment for Paw Pad Burns

Today is the first day of summer and with summer comes hot temperatures. Did you know that in addition to making sure that your dogs and cats are staying hydrated and cool, it’s essential to look out for paw pad burns on your dog or cat whenever your pet is outside?

While your dog still needs his daily walk in the summertime, these trips should be kept short, particularly when it is hot, not only to ensure that he doesn’t get overheated, but to avoid painful burns to his paw pads.

Even though animal paws are made to withstand pressure, they are still susceptible to wear and tear.

Signs of Paw Burn

  • Limping or refusing to walk
  • Licking or chewing of feet
  • Pads are darker in color
  • Blisters or redness

Treatment

Treatment will depend on the extent of the burn. Obviously, if the burns are severe, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. Otherwise, dogs and cats need to rest and avoid hot pavements as they heal. Be sure that your pet is not licking the injured area as it could make it much worse.

While healing, animals should be kept inside as much as possible. If they must go out, be sure they are on grassy surfaces.

In addition to rest and ointments, putting soft booties or children’s socks on your dog’s paws when walking to protect the damaged tissue can provide him more comfort.

The length of time a paw pad burn will last depends on the individual pet and the extent of his injuries. The most severe cases can see the effects of a burn for a few weeks.

To prevent paw pad burns, walk your dog all year round to strengthen his paws and make sure that you keep walks short in the extreme weather.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to stop by Braxton’s for advice on products to help with pad burn.

 

 

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