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Posted on 07-24-2017

Tips to Protect Your Dog's Paws in Summer Heat from Our Veterinarian in Staten Island

At Animal Health Veterinary Group, our veterinarian in Staten Island reminds dog owners to protect their dog's paws from the summer heat. At a temperature of only 77 degrees Fahrenheit, pavement heats up to 125 degrees – hot enough to burn your dog's paw pads after only a minute of contact. The following tips will help you keep your dog's paws safe and healthy all summer long. tips on how to protect your dog's paws from our veterinarian in Staten island

  1. Be mindful regarding when you walk your dog. The hottest time of day is between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is highest in the sky. Early morning and late evening walks are easiest on your dog's soft paws.
  2. Play in the grass. If you take your dog out during the hottest part of the day, then make sure he or she has plenty of cool grass for running and that his or her time spent on pavement is limited. 
  3. Wax your dog's paws. Paw wax is easy to apply and nourishes your dog's paws while protecting them from the rough asphalt's heat. Paw wax can also be used in the winter to guard against sharp ice and de-icing chemicals found outdoors. 
  4. Go shoe shopping. All sorts of shoes, boots, and socks are on the market to protect your dog's paws. Canine footwear is designed to protect paws from all sorts of different terrain and elements. Avoid leaving them on too long; your dog needs naked paws to keep cool. 

Parasite Prevention at Our Staten Island Animal Hospital, Also Serving Bayonne

During the summer months, parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitos carrying heartworm are more prevalent, and parasite prevention is more important than ever. Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian at one of our Staten Island Animal Hospital locations, also serving Bayonne, to learn about which parasite protection products we recommend for your cats and dogs. To schedule an appointment, you may contact our Castleton Avenue office at (718) 448-3680 or our Hylan Boulevard location at (718) 980-6491. 

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