Dog Suffers Burned Paws from Hot Pavement

As temperatures climb to the triple digits this week, Bruce’s story serves as a reminder of the dangers that pets face in the coming summer months. Bruce, a Border Collie, was found running along the 202 Red Mountain freeway on May 5, 2017, a particularly hot day here in the Valley. Temperatures that day reached 108 degrees, however, the pavement beneath Bruce’s paws was much hotter - it reached a sweltering 160 degrees. When Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs) from AHS picked up the dog, all four of his paws were blistered and burned from running on the hot pavement. After two weeks of medical treatment in the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, Bruce is now healed and able to walk on all four paws again! Click through the photos below to see Bruce's transformation from hurt to healed! [sliceshow id="42170"] However, Bruce’s story serves as a reminder of the dangers that pets face during the summer months here in Phoenix. Pet owners are advised to avoid long walks and strenuous hikes, only walk dogs early in the morning or late at night, and utilize protective booties if dogs must go outside (for vet appointments, etc.). Remember - a hot street will burn feet! Hold your bare foot on the ground for seven seconds and if it’s too hot for a bare foot, it’s too hot for bare paws.

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