One dog from Washington State got a taste of the summer heat. Unfortunately, Olaf, the golden retriever not only did not like the scorching temperatures, but he also had his four paws severely burned because of it. Now the owner of Olaf is sharing their story to protect other pet owners from having their dogs get injured due to the rising temperatures that are plaguing the world in the years of climate change.
Canines are well adapted for climate, but since dog owners take their pooches out of their ideal locations, the dogs start to experience drastically different climates than the ones they were initially adapted for. As an example, a Siberian husky, which was adapted to thrive in the winter weather experienced in the isolated hell of Russia, might not thrive as well in Bermuda. The same is true for a golden retriever, which is a water dog. Scorching hot temperatures do not suite the dog’s temperament – or its paws.
Olaf can tell you all about that. The soaring temperatures plaguing mild places in the United States like Washington State are proving to be very dangerous for not only senior citizens but for canines as well. The Medical Lake Veterinary Hospital of Medical Lake, Washington took Olaf into its care when the poor dog had all four of his paws burnt by the heat.
The high temperatures had caused the dog’s paws to be burned through the flesh. The damage was so extensive that the muscles and tissue beneath the pad of his paws were also scratched and burnt.
The animal hospital turned to Facebook to share a warning about what happened to Olaf and what could happen to other dogs if they’re not protected during the hot days of summer.
“Hot weather means hot pavement! Olaf walked over a mile on the Fish Trap Trail before his owner realized his pads were burned, and even then he wasn’t whining or limping! He is one tough cookie (and exceptionally sweet cookie). A good rule of thumb is if the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dogs’ pads.”
The images from Olaf’s day in the hospital speak for themselves. The hot pavement really hurt the poor dog.
That’s why Dr. Heather O’Bannon of the Medical Lake Veterinary Hospital took the chance to speak with KXLY about what happened to Olaf and how dog owners can work to keep their canine’s safe from the scorching summer temperatures.
“The best time is in the morning or the evening, Or at least walk them on the grass if they need to go for a walk during the day, but avoid the pavement at all costs.”
Dr. Mark Gibson from the Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, agreed with what Dr. O’Bannon had to say.
Dr. Gibson said, “Paw pads are a pretty specialized type of skin that’s on the foot pad. Though they’re made to withstand pressure, just like our own feet and shoes, an animals paw pads are very susceptible to wear and tear.”
Olaf is expected to have a full recovery.
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