Dog’s blistered paw shows shocking impact of hottest day of the year
A dog’s blistered and sore paw has revealed the shocking impact the hottest day of the year has on our four-legged friends. Animal welfare activists have urged pet owners to take extra care of their dogs when taking them on walks as pavements can reach temperatures of over 60C. A Twitter user, who posted the devastating image, wrote: ‘Before you take your dog for a walk in hot weather, take off your shoes and socks and stand on the pavement.
‘If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.’ The RSPCA said: ‘Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot. We recommend walking your dog in the morning or evening when they will not burn its paws on the pavement or be at increased risk of heatstroke. ‘If the pavement is too hot for your hand it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.’ The charity told dog owners to look out for signs of burned pads, including limping or refusing to walk, licking or chewing at the feet, pads darker in colour and missing part of pad as well as blisters or redness.