Dog owners warned to look out for pets licking paws during heatwave

This week is set to be a sizzling hot one, with experts predicting temperatures to exceed 30C – making the UK hotter than the Maldives.

While the heat is welcomed by many people, it can be extremely dangerous for dogs.

Owners have been warned to watch out for their dog licking their paws, as it could be a sign they’ve burnt themselves on the ground in the sun.

Pet insurance experts at Protectivity explain that dogs will often lick their paws if they are suffering from painful pet burn.

Other signs of your dog overheating include excessive panting, drooling, bright red gums and shaking.

Why do dogs lick their paws in the sun?

You may notice your dog is licking their paws more than usual, and it could be because they have burnt their paws pads.

This happens when dogs walk on concrete when it’s too hot outside, and can cause pain and damage to their paws.

Another sign that your dog may have sunburned paws is if they are limping when they are walking.

Some dogs may even try to chew their paws as they struggle with the itch caused by the sunburn.

How do I stop my dog’s paws from burning?

You should regularly check your dog’s paws for any blisters, redness or a change in the colour – such as darkness – during the summer.

It is advised to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening to avoid scorching hot pavements in the sun.

If you can, try to drive your dog to your closest grassy park to avoid the amount of time spent walking on the pavement.

Protectivity also suggests investing in dog boots to protect your pet’s paws when walking in the heat, and prevent any existing burns from getting worse.