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Dog's Burned Paws: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Dog's Burned Paws: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

The best way to treat burned dog paws should relate to the severity of the burn.

Consider this, “Shake,” you command, extending your hand out for your dog to take.

When your dog responds, placing his paw in your hand, you notice something isn’t right. Perhaps your dog is acting like their paw is sore.

Or maybe the paw pad doesn’t look or feel like it should. It’s rough, overly warm, extremely red, raw, or otherwise damaged.

These are usually referred to as paw pad injuries.

How Do Paw Pad Injuries Happen?

From household chemicals to walking on hot pavement, your dog’s paw pads are at risk of burning from so many things. When the thermostat reads over 27°C / 80°F, man-made ground surfaces become painfully hot and can reach well over 38°C / 100°F.

Now consider the heat of UAE, where the temperature crosses 38°C / 100°F…

Dog swimming in water with his paw exposed to water softening it

With such temperatures, engineered ground surfaces get hot enough to boil water. And at 55°C / 131°F, the ground temperature is hot enough to fry an egg within three minutes!

Also, if your dog swims a lot, their paw pads are at a greater risk of burning.

Water softens paw pads. So when dogs walk on hot asphalt or other hot surfaces after getting out of the water, their paws are ultra-sensitive and more prone to burning or cracking.

Healing of Paw Pad Injuries

What’s even worse with high temperatures? The paw pad injuries are hard to treat.

Paw pad cuts, blisters, and sores are often prone to infection. And healing is slow due to the constant pressure placed on the dog’s injured paw.

When a paw pad injury occurs due to hot pavements or sand, healing can be quite complicated. It’s because all of the dog’s paw pads are injured with burns and sores, not just one.

Whereas if a dog sustains a paw pad injury on just one foot, they’re at least enabled to limp, which limits the pressure on the injured paw, allowing it to heal.

Signs of Burned Dog Paws

woman checking her dog paws

  • Rough or dry paw pads (a sign that your dog’s paws are wearing out or repeatedly exposed to overly hot asphalt or other surfaces)
  • Your dog won’t stop licking and chewing at their paws
    (a clear sign that paws are causing them discomfort or pain)
  • Darker paw pads (more than usual)
  • Part of the paw pad missing
  • Blistered or red paw pads
  • Your dog is limping, refusing to walk or reluctant to go outside

How to Treat Burned Dog Paws?

The second you notice your dog’s paws are burned, or your dog showing signs of discomfort, run their paws under cool water or apply a soothing cool compress.

If entire chunks of the paw are missing or your dog appears in pain, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet can identify serious, deep burns and prescribe antibiotics or pain medications as needed.

If your dog remains in good spirits but their paws are sore or mildly burned, it’s time to treat the problem before it gets worse.

Dogs love to lick burned paws, but licking them only makes the problem worse and can lead to infection. You can wrap your dog’s paws to prevent licking (easier than it sounds), or you can apply a soothing pet-friendly balm to reduce discomfort, speed up healing, and deter licking.

Before and After of using Paw Soother

And even if your dog continues to lick at paws with the Paw Soother on, it is perfectly safe to consume these dog-friendly balms. They’re all made from natural and organic plant-based materials.

However, you should still do your best to distract your dog from licking. You can simply do so by playing games with them, brushing them, or offering them their favourite chews.

After all, Prevention is key.

How to Prevent Burned Dog Paws?

Aside from strapping your pup in specialised dog shoes that make them walk like the neighbourhood rodeo clown, how do you protect your dog’s paws?

Make sure never to walk your dog on hot asphalt, concrete, or other surfaces.

The analogy is simple - if you can’t stand to walk barefoot on any hot surface, then your dogs shouldn’t either.

If you’re unsure, simply use your palm or your foot to test the temperature. If the ground feels hot, your dog needs protection (or our Pawtection).

While you do this, here are a few more ways you can protect your dogs while letting them have all the fun.

  • Walk your dog in the early mornings/evenings. Avoid walking them in the heat of the day, when the pavement and sand are the hottest.
  • Walk your dog on the grass. The grass remains cooler than the sidewalk, lessening a dog’s chance of paw pad injuries. (A trip to a shady park would be a good option in the summertime)

Young girl walking a dog on grass

And to toughen a dog’s paws, take them for frequent walks on the pavement during cool times of the day. This will promote the formation of callus, which makes the skin of the dog’s footpads thicker and less prone to injuries like burns and cuts.

Dogs that rarely walk on pavement will have more sensitive paw pads and they require more frequent nail clippings, as walking on pavement also files the dog’s nails.

And if you like using the Paw Soother and Pawtection balms, you’d also like our Organic Snout Soother, Organic Skin Soother, and Organic Wrinkle Balm.

Natural Dog Company Balms Bundle

These balms are made from plant-based ingredients and infused with moisturising and soothing qualities that expedite the healing process. It also reduces the risk of infection thanks to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

With that said, keep up the dog walks, sniffari adventures, and their paws protected with our all-natural balms, yes, even in the summertime!

Natural Dog Company
Jun 2018
Natural Dog Company

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