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Many owners like taking their dogs on walks to enjoy the warm summer weather, but they may forget one important detail: hot pavement will burn a dog's paws. Remember that if asphalt and cement can get hot enough to cook an egg during the summer! If it feels too hot for you to leave your hands comfortably on the ground for at least 10 seconds, it can result in nasty burns on your dog's paw pads. 
So what can be done to protect your dog's paws? Here are 7 tips to keep your dog or puppy from getting burned this summer. 

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Tips How To Protect Your Dogs Paws From Hot Pavement

1. Walk Your Dog When It's Cool: This is an obvious tip, but one that folks sometimes don't consider enough. Spring, summer, and even fall are great seasons to take your dog out on sunny walks, but be mindful of the temperature and when and where you walk him. The best time to walk your dog is in the morning or late evening, when the pavement is cool. Avoid walking your dog in the afternoon or early evening when it's hot outside, because the pavement will be its hottest.

2. Toughen Your Dog's Paws: During cool times of the day, you should walk your dog on pavement, because the hard and rough surfaces will toughen the pads on your dog's paws. This will help to make her pads tougher, providing a natural resistance to damage from hot surfaces.

3. Stay On The Grass When It's Hot: If you end up taking your dog out during the warmer times of the day, be sure to stay on the grass and stick to shady areas. Stay away from sidewalks or any paved areas to avoid burning. A shady park can be a great place to take your dog on a warm afternoon.

4. Moisturize Your Dog's Paws: You want your dog to have tough paws, but you don't want them to get too dry or they will be more susceptible to cracking, peeling, and cuts. These dry signs in your dog's paws can also make them more susceptible to burns from hot pavement. Consider moisturizing your dog's pads daily, especially in hot weather, to help prevent injuries and burns.  Paw Nectar is a highly-rated, 100 percent natural, treatment for dry, cracked paws.  Use it regularly.  It will not hurt your pup if he licks it.  Paw Nectar can also be used on a dog's dry or cracking nose.

5. Use Paw Wax: Paw wax can easily be spread on your dog's paw pads prior to walking to protect them from rough or hot surfaces. Paw wax is designed to protect your dog's feet from several potentially harmful surfaces and chemicals, like road salts. A favorite is Musher's Secret Paw Wax, which dog owners apply for many surface solutions - ice, snow, heat, sand, rocks, gravel.

6. Check And Clean Your Dog's Paws Frequently
: Be sure to check your dog's paw pads daily for any signs of damage and check between his paw pads for any stones or other debris; pull them out gently.  You can wipe his paws off with a room temperature damp cloth before moisturizing the pads of his feet with Paw Nectar. If you do happen to see a problem, or if your dog is acting strangely on his feet, be sure to take him to the vet.

7. Check into Dog Shoes/ Socks/ Boots: Boots or any other paw or foot covering should be kept on as short a period of time as possible. Dogs "perspire" through their mouths and their paws. When dogs' paws are free, their perspiration allows their body heat to adjust. Don't use disposable shoes. They are made of rubber or silicone and fit tightly so there is no room for your dog's feet to breathe.  Additionally, they do not provide any barrier to heat or cold.  The temperature beneath them goes right through to your dog's feet. And don't use any product that sticks to your dog's foot. You don't want anything to rip the skin on your her foot pads. Ask you local pet store or dog groomer for help.

Grass-fed beef
Buying local beef is important because animals raised entirely on grass produce 8 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 30 percent lower ammonia levels than corn-fed animals raised in confinement.

Anything Organic
How your food is grown is what matters most. Our farmers practice organic and natural farming methods versus the greenhouse-gas-intensive fertilizers and pesticides used on chemical farms.

51% of the asparagus in the US is imported from Peru. The USDA requires all shipments of fresh asparagus from Peru to be fumigated with the dangerous pesticide methyl bromide, a neurotoxic chemical suspected of causing cancer. 

Buying local strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries help conserve energy. Because of the short shelf lives, berries are often shipped from farm to distribution center via air freight, the most fossil-fuel-guzzling form of food shipment, from South America, Mexico, Canada, and even as far off as Poland. The United States imports $220 million worth of strawberries, while selling just $1.5 million worth of domestically grown berries.

You’ll carrots in every hue, from purple to white, at our farmers markets. Those colorful varieties, particularly purple carrots, have higher antioxidant values than commercially grown orange carrots, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. They’re also better for the planet. The energy required to store carrots when they’re out of season or being shipped long distances accounts for 60 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with carrot production.

Bland, mealy grocery-store tomato will never rival a fresh Georgetown Farmers Market tomato. And there are more benefits to local tomatoes than just taste. In Florida, where a third of the country’s fresh tomatoes are grown, slavery of illegal immigrants on tomato farms is a persistent problem. And farmers in that state apply five times as much fungicide and six times as much pesticide as farmers in California, which supplies another third of the country’s fresh tomatoes.

Did you know that fruits and vegetables pack the most nutrition when they are ripe? Studies show that many nutrients are formed as the food ripens. But the moment they are picked, their sugars begin to convert to starch, their plant cells begin to shrink and their nutrients begin to diminish.

Local food doesn’t travel long distances. That means it can be ripened as nature intended and picked when itsnutritional value is highest.

Plus, local foods usually arrive at the farmers market within hours after harvest, so they retain most of their nutritional value and do not require gasses to keep them “fresh”.
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What to Buy at our Markets and Why.

Please patronize our local business friends who allow us to pitch our market tents every week on their property:

  • Republic Square Shopping Center
  • Wells Fargo Bank, University Oaks Shopping Center 
  • TGI Fridays, University Oaks Shopping Center 
  • Steak N' Shake, University Oaks Shopping Center