Dogs and cats are both susceptible to frostbite this winter season if not monitored properly. Frostbite often times is associated with hypothermia. Ponds, lakes, streams around your property can present a dangerous opportunity for your pet to accidentally become submerged in icy waters. The Ears, tails, paws and scrotum are the areas where frostbite typically occurs. When temperatures decline, small breeds have the hardest time maintaining their body temperature–so if under 20lbs a jacket or sweater is necessary in below freezing weather. Booties are also helpful in preventing weather related injuries because dog’s perspire from their feet forming paw ice balls while exposure to salt can also create pain and discomfort. Watch outdoor cats too! Frostbite weather can prompt your cat to find warmth under or in cars, unknowingly putting themselves in danger.
FROSTBITE PREVENTION TIPS
-Rub Vaseline into each paw/pad before walking your dog.
-Keep the walks as short as possible.
-Upon bringing our dog back into the house, soak pads in pan of water.
-Remove any ice or snow that he may have picked up.
-Use a luke-warm wash cloth to work the snow out of his paws.
SIGNS OF FROSTBITE:
-Constant licking his or her paws/pads.
-Pale white or blue skin that becomes red and swollen and begins to peel
-Skin that eventually turns black with a line of demarcation exposing the difference between live and dead tissue.
-You will notice the shedding of dead skin tissue within one to three weeks of frostbite.
-Soak affected area for 20 mins in warm (never hot) water–soak until skin softens
-Do not rub or massage area
-Use cone if necessary to prevent pet from licking or biting area
-Consult vet immediately for information on specific treatment
PRODUCTS TO HELP PREVENT AND/OR HELP FROSTBITE:
– Nose n Toes pet balm.
– Paw Guard (has a Lanolin base to help protect and restore moisture to pads.)