What does the snow bring for your pet? Happiness or misery. Sometimes it's both.
It's probably no surprise that the bigger dogs love hopping in the new snow like humans at a trampoline park. The smaller ones...well, just keeping their heads above the snow crest can be challenging. Then, you add the problem of snow freezing in their pads. Below are some things to keep in mind this winter with your pet.
Pets who love the snow want to play and play, and although they don't realize it, their skin starts to get too cold - dangerously cold. They won't yelp or limp...but there are some things to observe.
As the body’s temperature decreases in response to the outdoor temperature, blood is diverted to the core systems leaving skin at risk of freezing. Once the skin has been frozen by the ice and snow, there is tissue damage, which can cause a condition similar to burning. Your pets' pads on their feet, nose, tail and even ears are at highest risk of frostbite.
If you are outdoors for an extended period of time, when you get back home check your pet's high-risk areas. Frostbite will cause the skin to become pale and hard. These areas will remain cold even after being inside for a while. Once the area warms, you may notice redness on their skin. Your pet may try to relieve the irritation by licking and chewing on the skin, in which case you will need to have the skin treated.
Never apply direct heat to the skin, water or otherwise. Only warm water should be used on the skin, and non-electric blankets to cover the animal. You may need to consult with a veterinarian to make sure that the condition is not severe.
Winter can be a pet's wonderland, no doubt. But, please don't ignore the signs that your baby can be hurting. Even if they want to continue playing outside, check the high risk areas regularly. Perhaps one of the best indicators...how is it for you? If you're freezing, your pet is too.
Keep your pet Comfi. Comfi Pets are happi pets.