Can dogs paws get frost bite?
Can a dog get frostbitten paws from going outside in the cold? If so, how can you prevent this?
That is does not happen often, but is possible that dogs paws can get frost bite. Not many do, mainly other parts of the dog will get frost bite. Your dog’s feet, ears, and, depending on his size and coat, other body parts are susceptible to frostbite. Frostbite occurs when a part of the body freezes. If not treated immediately, frostbitten areas die and may fall off or have to be amputated. Frostbitten skin is pale and cool to the touch. It may look burned after thawing. If you think your dog has frostbite, warm the affected body parts slowly and get them to a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Jagged ice, frozen plant stems, and sidewalk salt are common in yards and on walkways in winter. They’re sharp and can cut your dog’s foot pads. Snow can also collect on the hair between the pads, sometimes forming icy balls that can cause pain and injury to the foot. Trimming the long hair from the bottoms of the feet may help prevent problems with snowballs. Always check your dog’s feet after he/she has been out in snow. If you go for walks in the snow, check your dog’s feet frequently, or consider getting them some booties to protect their feet in bad weather.
A few helpful to tips to keep your best friend happy and healthy during the Winter season:
Clip the fur between toe pads to reduce the amount of snow that collects between toes, and clipped toenails.
* To help protect dry, sensitive paws, try coating them with a bit of cooking spray before walks in very cold weather.
* During deep snows, shovel out a potty spot for your dog.
* Many de-icing and ice-melting products are toxic. Read the labels of any projects you use, and store these products in tight containers.
* Upon returning home, wipe snow and ice off your dog’s feet, legs and belly. Little ice cubes can form in the sensitive spaces between the toes and toe-pads. Remove the ice carefully with your fingers since it may cling to the hairs between the paws. Wiping off your dog will remove any salt, antifreeze or other harmful chemicals that she could ingest them when licking her paws.
* Consider keeping a container of warm water and cloths by the door for use after walks. It is good to rinse the paws before you wipe them dry, because lime rock salt and calcium chloride salt can irritate the foot pads and cause vomiting and diarrhea when licked. Dunking in the water will also dissolve ice and remove mud.
Below are a few links you can purchase dog boots from. Keep in mind these may not be the most comfortable accessories for dogs, so temporary use is suggested ( bathrooms breaks outside and walks to keep your dog healthy).