Test the Pavement
If the outside temperature is 80 degrees, pavement can still reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb to follow is the 7-second rule: if you can press the back of your hand against the ground for 7 seconds, it’s safe for your dog to walk upon. Artificial turf, running tracks, sand, and even brick and concrete may be dangerous to your dogs paws during the summer months.
Paw balms provide a temporary barrier between the paw pads and the elements. They can provide protection during both the extreme cold and warm months. They are especially effective in the winter months but can be used on dry, cracked pads ravaged by the rough pavement. Even when using a paw balm, you'll still want to frequently inspect your dog's paws.