Having pounded miles of pavement in their daily walks, most of our city pups have toughened paw pads that can take on this tough urban environment no problem. But occasionally San Francisco gets those sweltering hot days and the concrete can heat up to uncomfortable levels. If you’re ever unsure on whether it might be too hot for your pup’s paws, remember the 10 second rule: if you can’t hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds, it’s probably too hot for your pupper. You can also think of it like this – if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on the cement, your canine companion will be equally uncomfortable.
When those few and far between days do show up, no need to fear! There are still a few things you can do to make sure Fido gets enough outside time. Try to get in as much walking as you can in cool hours of the morning before everything heats up. Even though the air will cool off in the evening, it might take longer for the ground to lose all the heat it’s absorbed. And if their walk time is during the hot hours, there are plenty of booties made especially for pups that will protect their feet from the heat. And for a quick fix, you can always put baby socks on their paws (or whatever size fits them).
There are also some skin coating products and paw balms that can help keep their pads protected if they’re not crazy about the extra fabric on their paws too!
Check out our Dog Friendly in San Francisco links for more tips on where to buy quality products for your dog.