And in the summer, Ice on Ice or another of your choosing that has a good sunscreen can help prevent the issues that we covered.
2- Apply a canine sunscreen to the belly.
Do NOT use human sunscreen; it contains zinc which is toxic to dogs.
There are quite a few important summertime care tips, but perhaps none so vital as paw protection.
A dog's paws can take quite a bit. The skin is thicker than any other part of the body, and there is cushioning in the pads to help a dog maneuver over terrain. However, paw pads are not invincible. In fact, far from it.
Paws can develop sores, ulcers, blisters, and/or cracks when exposed to extreme heat or cold. In the summer, burns to the paws can happen immediately, or there can be gradual damage.
If gradual, a Maltese will start to favor a paw, may lick or chew at it, and/or the pads will be sensitive and prone to drying and cracking.
120 F on the paws is the pain threshold for canines. At 140 F, damage will occur within 60 seconds.
So, how hot can the roads or sidewalks be? The answer may surprise you.
There are lots stats on how hot sidewalks can get; however, let's take a look at the summary of How Hot is that Sidewalk, by Marcia Breithaupt, of Liberty Home Pet Services.
Reading taken during the summer in Florida on various surfaces: cement heated up to 125 F by 2 PM, red brick hit 125 F by noon and soared up to 134 F by 2 PM. And blacktop pavement also reached 125 F by noon and shot up to a shocking 140 F by 2 PM (not cooling down to a safe temperature until 7 PM).