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Walking a dog in the heat

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I live in southern CA and this is my first summer with my new dog, and with the weather getting warmer I am wondering about his paw pads and how to keep them safe when on walks. It gets awfully hot out here and I know that it can't be too good for his pads, but how do I know when it's too hot for him? And if it's too hot, are there any recommendations for doggy socks or shoes to keep him protected? If anyone has any experience or suggestions I would highly appreciate it. :) Thanks
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It partly depends on breed and color too. A dark colored dog will get hotter, quicker. When it's really hot here I walk either early morning or after dark, when it's cooler. If you can walk on a grassy surface that would be preferable. I've never used dog booties for normal walking. I did try them once for Vegas when he cut his pad, he wasn't having it. You'd have to go slow to get your dog use to them and even then some may not accept them. I do put coconut oil on my dogs pads, but that is about it. I also bring water on hot days and sometimes we just have to skip a day or two. We'll see how it is this year with Freyja, she is black and heats up quickly. Before Nevada was also dark and also had heart surgery when she was a puppy. So I always had to watch her.
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