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Protect your pets: Hot temperatures are even hotter on their paws

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Summer is officially here along the Wasatch Front. On Thursday, temperatures reached 100 degrees, marking the hottest day of the year. (Photo: KUTV)

Summer is officially here along the Wasatch Front. On Thursday, temperatures reached 100 degrees, marking the hottest day of the year.

And if you think you’re feeling the heat, it’s even worse on your pets.

Willem Becker, a veterinarian at Granite Veterinary Specialist says the heat can take a toll on your dogs.

“The heat is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for you and I."

When temperatures heat up, one of his biggest concerns for dogs is hot walks on the pavement. The asphalt can get significantly hotter than the air temperature and can easily burn your pet’s paws.

“It can be really painful. For sure I’ve seen blistered pads. They’re walking fine one second and then all of a sudden they look like they’re walking on hot eggshells,” he said.

“You get home and see that their whole sort of pads have been burned off,” he said.

Paw pads are sensitive and can be burned even if the temperature outside is only 80 degrees.

Doctor Becker tested the pavement just outside of his clinic. While the air temperature was 100 degrees, the asphalt was 131 degrees, a temperature that could cause blistering to your pet.

Becker says if you plan to take your dog out on hot day, do it early in the day. Avoid the pavement or have your dog wear booties. If you can’t hold your hand on the surface for more than 10 seconds, it is too hot for your dog’s feet.