Dog paw burn is caused by walking on hot surfaces, bitter cold surfaces, or harsh chemicals – like fertilizer or ice melt.
Your dog enjoys walking and playing outside with you. Often times a burn happens so quickly, you may not know your pup’s pads are burned until it is too late. Hot black asphalt can burn your dog’s paw pads instantly!
Hot Surfaces To Avoid: pavement, concrete, tar-coated asphalt, paving stones, sand, street grates, and metal manhole covers.
How To Avoid Dog Paw Burn
Your dog’s paws may feel rough and tough, but they are not like the protective shoes that you and I wear. They feel the heat just like we do in our bare feet. Luckily, dog paw burn can be easily avoided with some easy prevention tips.
Time of Day
Take your Dachshund for their morning walk before the sun gets too hot and their evening walk after the sun goes down. If your dog enjoys swimming, a game of fetch, or going for hikes, avoid peak sunshine time so your pup doesn’t burn their paws or get a sunburn.
Avoid the sun during peak time: between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Even if you are avoiding the peak sunshine time, it’s important to check the temperature outside before walking your doxie. Your Dachshund’s paws aren’t the only things at risk when it’s hot. They are also at risk for a bad sunburn or heatstroke.
Note: The pavement can be 40-60 degrees hotter than the air temperature.
So, if it is 80 degrees outside, the pavement could be up to 140 degrees and will fry your dog’s paws. That’s why the next step is the most important of all – The Hot Pavement Test.
Hot Pavement Test
So, how do you know if the pavement outside is TOO HOT for your dog’s paws? Test it out! Hold your hand, palm down, on the pavement for 10 seconds. Test it again with the back of your hand.
Then, walk around on the pavement in your bare feet. Can your skin tolerate the temperature? If it’s too hot for your hand or feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
Make sure to test the sidewalk and the road, wherever your Dachshund will be walking.
Dog Boots work really well to prevent dog paw burn and have the added protection against sharp terrain while hiking.
Note: Dog’s have sweat glands in their paws, so make sure to take off their doggie boots for a few fresh-air breaks during longer hikes. Also, check the boots for small rocks before putting them back on your dog’s feet.
Dog Paw Balm
If your Dachshund won’t wear dog boots, try some dog paw balm instead. I use PawTection Dog Paw Balmon both of my Dachshunds. They don’t mind it when I apply the balm to their paw pads right before their daily walk.
Dog Paw Wax protects from hot sand, pavement, ice, and salt. It also blocks seasonal allergy pollen – Bonus!
Similar to the chap stick we use on our lips, dog paw balm acts as a barrier to protect your Dachshund’s paw pads from drying out and cracking.
Note: Dog paw balm won’t protect them from feeling the extreme heat. So, if the hot pavement test proves to be too hot for your hands, it’s still too hot for your pup’s paws.
After applying the balm, if it gets a little too slippery for your Dachshund, they probably have too much on! It is better to start small and work the wax into their paw pad and wipe off any excess with a paper towel.
After your walk, inspect your Dachshund’s paws. If your doxie has trailed through the mud or picked up some toxic grass fertilizer, they may need to have their paws gently washed off.
After your walk or hike, help your doxie find some cool shade to rest. Also provide plenty of clean water to re-hydrate.
Keep it short: Your pup may have a harder time keeping up in the heat.
Hike in the woods: The shade of the trees will keep your dog’s path nice and cool.
Play at the park: Your dog can run and play in a big grassy field – this beats the hot pavement.
A Dachshund’s paw pads provide traction, help with balance, and shock absorption. If your dog loves to go on walks or hikes over various terrain, their paws may feel more rough.
How To Care For Your Dog’s Paws
Nail Trimming: Trim your dog’s nails a couple times per month. If you are not able to trim them, your vet or a groomer can help you out.
Dachshund’s aren’t generally fond of nail trimmings. I always have my husband and son help with this task…yep, it is a three person job for us! I have had a few nips from doxies over the years, it can be a challenge.
In Between The Toes: Take time to inspect between your dog’s toes for small pebbles, glass, or thorns. Lots of debris can get stuck in between those little toes.
Wipe Off Dog Paws: When your pup is playing at a park, going for a walk, or visiting a pet store, make sure to wipe your dog’s paws off when returning home. Washing off your dog’s paws will stop the spread of germs and parasites.
I really like the ease of using a dog paw washer. My pups don’t like having their paws washed with a cloth. They always wiggle and squirm, and sometimes bite! This dog paw washer(from Amazon) is really easy to use. It gets the job done a lot quicker!
Dog’s do their best to communicate to you. If it is too hot, they may lift their paws or jump off the sidewalk onto the cool grass.
Your dog may also stop walking and pull back on the leash or lay down on their side. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your vet.
Excessively Licking Paws
Peeling Paw Pads
Discolored or Darkened Paw Pads
Paw Pad wounds or cuts
How To Treat Dog Paw Burn
Minor Burns: If you notice that your Dachshund has a minor dog paw burn, rinse or submerge their feet under cool water for a few minutes. Gently clean the paws with gentle puppy soap and water to prevent any infection.
Carefully pat dry, don’t rub your dog’s feet to avoid a painful touch. You can apply a paw balm or soother to help moisturize the burnt paw pad.
PawGold Balm (from Amazon) can also help ease the pain of paw burn, while speeding up healing in the process. If your dog tries to lick his paws during treatment, you can pull a large sock over their feet to avoid consuming the paw balm.
Severe Burns: If your pup has a more severe burn, blister, or open wound, consult your vet ASAP. If your vet office is closed, take them to the pet emergency room, don’t wait.
Seriously, you don’t want your doxie to be in pain or get an infection. Depending on the severity of the burn, your dog may need an antibiotic or pain medication.
Younger Dachshund puppy paws will often feel more smooth because they haven’t built up their tough callouses yet.
This summer, also keep your Dachshund’s age and health in mind before going on any outdoor excursions. Summertime heat can be very dangerous for our little long dogs, so play it safe. I hope you enjoyed learning how to protect your Dachshund’s paws this summer.
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