Ouch! Pet's Paws Blister in Summer Heat

Here are some Florida tips for walking safely with your pet.

Imagine walking barefoot on a hot sidewalk. Pets' paws are tougher than human feet, they can still get blisters on hot pavement or sand, especially with the summer heat.

offers tips for walking with your pet in the summer:

  • Avoid walking in the heat of the day 
  • Watch for surfaces with full exposure to the sun
  • Take strolls in the early morning or in the evening
  • Look for shady trails
  • Walk on the grass

If your pet gets on a hot surface, look for "blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.

Additional Resources:

Ten Dog Paw Care Tips

Ten Cat Paw Care Tips

Rachel Jolley July 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks for writing about this, Melissa. There is never enough awareness about how to keep our furry friends happy and safe.
Melissa Lattman July 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Thanks Rachel, I appreciate it! I agree we need to be their voice!
Greg Phillips July 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Try Mushers Paw Wax ...


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