Pet owners beware of hot asphalt: 'If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog'

Animal rights group gives tips on protecting pets' paws in hot weather

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog  That's the reminder People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving pet owners amid summer heat.

"On a hot day, pavement can heat up to between 130 and 180 degrees — hot enough for dogs to incur severe burns," the group wrote in an online tip sheet for pet owners. "Limping or refusing to walk could mean that your dog’s paw pads have been burned."

The group gave tips to keep your pet's paws safe this summer

Check the asphalt

Pet owners should place their hand against asphalt before taking their pet out for a walk, according to PETA. If the pavement feels too hot to the touch, pet owners should refrain from walking their pet. The group said temperatures in the 80s can cause asphalt to get as hot as 140 degrees. 

Find other places to walk

Between asphalt, concrete and grass -- more often than not, asphalt yields the hottest temperatures. "Dog parks, grassy meadows, wooded paths, wet beaches — these are all easier on dogs’ paws than burning-hot asphalt. Probably more enjoyable, too," the PETA tip sheet said. 

Get your dog some footwear

PETA recommends getting your dog a pair of paw-protecting dog boots should you try to brave the heat and take your dog for a walk. Boots can be found at most pet stores.

Stay indoors

If all else fails, the group advises dog owners to keep their pet indoors.

You can read the full list here.

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