Sue R Posted January 4, 2014 Report Share Posted January 4, 2014 My dogs go out with me in all sorts of weather. We try to walk about an hour a day, no matter what (I don't do thunderstorms, though). We had fresh snow the other day and last night when I walked them, it was 14 F outside. This morning it was 4 F. I noticed that they would get very gimpy on one or more feet when they went walking on the undisturbed snow, particularly in the first few minutes after leaving the warm house or car (today was the monthly cold laser treatment and check-up for ortho issues). They didn't seem to have this issue when walking on the packed snow in the roadway or really after being out a while. This is not the same as when they walk in snow and get snowballs between their pads. I would check their feet and not find ice balls or snow balls in them. That did happen a couple of days ago when temps were milder, and they would usually just lay partway down and clean the gobs out with their teeth or I would finger them out, and all would be well. Do you experience the same issue in this really cold weather? I'm wondering if it's largely a matter of it being just too cold and the cold bothering the feet; of going from a place of warmth to the cold conditions; of the warm feet melting bits of snow which is then freezing right back up but not as balls that I can detect but rather maybe on the skin between the pads or toes (unlike once the feet have cooled down and maybe "adapted" to the cold and not melting the snow. And, can dogs get frostbite like people can, on their feet/toes? I'm sure they would with long enough exposure to cold enough conditions but this happens quickly, within just a few minutes of going out - and it doesn't seem to be an issue once they've been out a bit and their feet have either adjusted to the cold or just cooled down themselves so there is not such a thermal shock walking in that snow. Ideas? Thoughts? Well, other than just staying inside by the fire... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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