Protect Your Pup: Summer Paw Hazards to Watch Out For

Protect Your Pup: Summer Paw Hazards to Watch Out For

Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend. Whether you're hiking, playing in the park, or just taking a stroll, it's important to be aware of potential hazards that can harm your dog's paws. Here are some common summer paw hazards and tips on how to protect your pup.

Photo of Cheatgrass

1. Cheatgrass

What is it? Cheatgrass is a type of grass with barbed seeds that can easily become embedded in your dog's paws, causing pain and infection.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Avoid areas where cheatgrass is common.
  • Check your dog's paws after outdoor activities.
  • Remove any visible seeds immediately.
Photo of Foxtails

2. Foxtails

What are they? Foxtails are barbed grass seeds that can penetrate the skin and migrate internally, leading to serious health issues.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Avoid areas with foxtails.
  • Inspect your dog's paws, ears, and nose after being outside.
  • Remove foxtails with tweezers if found, or consult your vet.
Photo of Goatheads

3. Goatheads

What are they? Goatheads are sharp, spiky burrs that can puncture your dog's paw pads, causing significant pain.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Steer clear of areas known to have goatheads.
  • Regularly inspect your dog's paws for any burrs.
  • Use paw protection, such as booties, in areas with goatheads.
dog walking on hot pavement

4. Hot Pavement

What is the risk? Pavement can become extremely hot in the summer sun, sometimes 40 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature.  This can lead to burns and blisters on your dog's paw pads in a matter of minutes.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Test the pavement with your hand before walks; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog.
  • Walk your dog during cooler parts of the day.
  • Use dog booties to protect their paws.
dog paw in RMPP dog boot by broken glass

5. Broken Glass and Debris

What is the risk? Parks and trails can sometimes have litter, including broken glass and sharp debris that can cut your dog's paws.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Stay on designated paths and avoid areas with visible debris.
  • Use paw protection, like dog booties.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy for minor injuries.
bee flying by dog's nose

6. Insect Stings and Bites

What is the risk? Bees, wasps, and other insects can sting your dog's paws, leading to pain and swelling.

How to Protect Your Dog:

  • Keep your dog away from flowering plants where insects may be active.
  • Inspect and clean any stings or bites immediately.
  • Consult your vet if swelling persists or your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction.

Keeping Your Dog's Paws Safe

Regular paw checks and using protective gear like RMPP Leather Dog Booties can make a huge difference in preventing injuries. Always carry water to keep your dog hydrated and take breaks in the shade to avoid overheating.

Summer is a great time to explore and enjoy the outdoors with your pup. By being aware of these hazards and taking steps to protect your dog's paws, you can ensure your adventures are safe and fun.

Wishing you and your furry friend a happy and safe summer! 🌞🐾