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Re: Sensitive Paws

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  December 05, 2002 at 19:58:50

In Reply to: Sensitive Paws
Category:   Medical
Posted by:  Debrah
Posted on:  December 05, 2002 at 18:00:11

Question:

: Our new puppy 3 months loves to go outside for exercise and to do his buisness. Now that the snow is here he loves to play & roll in it. This morning was nice & sunny and our outing was made short because the puppy was shivering.This evening I went down the street a couple of houses and had to carry him home! He started yelping and refused to move holding up his paw. Checked them over and they seem fine and he was playing around inside like nothing happened.Will their paws get frostbitten? Will road salt bother their paws? Is there a suitable boot for these guys?


Response:

Dear Debrah,

It's good idea to limit your pup's exposure to the cold, snowy conditions; his little 3 month old body isn't capable of handling extreme weather. A coat or sweater will help keep him warm and boots will protect his paws (if you can find boots small enough for him) but you should still limit the time he's outside.

Yes, dogs can get frostbite on their paws and road salt can bother them. The bigger danger from road salt is ingesting it; dogs have a tendancy to lick body parts that are irritated. Anyone who walks a pet near a snow/ice treated road should thoroughly rinse their dog's paws immediately after the walk.

Keep warm!
Leslie