Dog booties are not only adorable, they also have a variety of purposes. In colder climates, they can protect your dog from freezing, and in summer, they can prevent burns from hot pavement. Buying your dog a pair of booties is the perfect year-round solution, and shows them that you care.
Reddit user u/RealSimplexity recently put this PSA out to pet owners who are very likely wearing shoes themselves during those hot summer walks that seem so far away now. Owners may forget that paws can burn just like feet can:
As I was passing a corner store today I spotted a poor pup trying his heart out to keep his feet off the burning footpath. Most people don’t think about it outright but the pads on animals will burn on hot surfaces just like yours. (Especially during the hot summers.) Normally if it burns you it will burn them. You can buy some pretty cheap booties online and save your furry friends some pain!
VetsNow, an emergency vet service in the UK, suggests that dog owners utilise the “seven-second rule.” Place the back of your hand on the surface of the ground for seven seconds. If you struggle to hold it down, it’s too hot. Or just walk on it with bare feet for a few seconds and see how quickly you start hopping around.
While we're still stuck in the long winter months in Australia, it's essential advice to keep in mind as the weather (hopefully) starts warming up.
(Also, if you want to see what a dog’s burned paw looks like, click through to VetsNow’s article. If I wasn’t already convinced, that photo would have done it for me.)
If your dog does get dry paws from the weather, u/vollkoemmenes suggests applying a paw balm on their pads, which will help moisturize and protect them.