Summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those summer nights. Ok, sorry, I reverted to my favorite movie, talking about the summer sun takes me back, lol. Back to the topic at hand, the hot pavement, and our dog's paws. All-over-it dog lovers know the basics of keeping dogs safe in summer: Bring lots of water with you on walks, watch for the signs of your dog overheating and never, ever, ever leave a dog in the car - even on days that don't seem that warm.
But it might come as a surprise to even the most type-A pup owners that the very pavement beneath your dog's paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have gruesome and painful consequences. "Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible," the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) urged. But sometimes it can be hard to tell.
Luckily, there's a quick and easy test, courtesy of Moon Valley Canine Training, to see if the street temperature is safe enough for a walk with your dog. Put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can't keep it there for five seconds, it's too hot for your pup's feet.
If the pavement fails the test, walk your dog when the temperature drops a bit (if he can wait) or stay on the grass. If walking your dog on hot pavement is unavoidable, there are things you can do to be prepared, like using special dog booties or dog paw wax designed to protect your dog's sensitive paw pads from the heat. You can also consider staying on the grass for your walks.
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The 4th of July is probably not your favorite pets holiday. In our house, it sends Magee our kitty hiding and Teddy our anxiety-ridden dog into a tailspin of fighting and barking at the air around him.
Dog and cats hearing is much more sensitive than ours. Therefore all the noises associated with the holiday are so much more intense for them. Neither of them understands what is going on so we have two very scared pets on our hands reacting in very different manners yet the calming technique tips are similar.
1. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Always keep your pets inside during fireworks and make sure they have their collars on just in case they run out. Close all of the windows in house. The busiest time of year for pets being found wandering loose is the 4th of July.
3. Create a safe room or area in your house that they usually go when sacred.
4. Play calming music; this is most effective when you play the music well before the fireworks start so that your dog or cat already feel peaceful and relaxed.
5. Remain Calm; our pets pick up on our emotions, and especially when we are feeling anxious. You can be loving and reassure your pet but be careful how you do so. While we so want to hold them and tell them it is ok, in our pets mind that is rewarding and reinforcing their fearful behavior; in their minds, you are saying its ok to be afraid. When my dog gets anxiety, I tell him, “no worries”, and I do not hold or hug him while doing so. I say this calmly and softly. He hears no but in a different way.
6. If your pet gets so frightened that you are worried for there safety, you may need to seek professional help and have some anti-anxiety medication prescribed by your veterinarian.