Join Date: May 2013
Location: Great White North
Cold weather question FEET (moved to basic care)
Today while our 16 month shepherd was taking her usual early morning walk through the neighborhood, about half way through the walk she started to favor a pad or two, which then led to her laying down to keep all her pads off the ground.
Anyway, the temperature this morning was minus 10 degrees and the walking conditions were ice and snow, very little of the streets are down to the surface. I was thinking I may have to carry her home and that would have been chore....but she is worth it. Once she got back up, we jogged home with no real problems....thankfully.
We have had two shepherds before this one and never seen this behavior and have walked both our previous shepherds in similar conditions without a problem. Later in the day, when we were out on the back deck, I noticed her suddenly pick up a hind leg off the ground and hold it off the icy/snowy surface for 10 seconds or so. I am thinking she may be a bit different than our other shepherds and the stinging cold must "burn" her pads.
Basically, I am curious if anyone else has ever experienced something along these same lines.
Of course we have kept her inside most all day since this morning except for a quick break or two to take care of her business outside.
Also, is a frostbitten pad obvious to see or is it difficult to notice ( as all her pads look fine).
I suppose I may look into a set of boots for her and use them when the weather reaches these types of extremes.
I did inspect her paws and the undersides for the classic ice balls which form when they spend a fair amount of time out in the snow but they were minimal since I do trim the fur a bit between her toes.
Anyway, any and all insight is appreciated as always.
Take care and scratch some ears,
Last edited by SuperG; 12-07-2013 at 07:59 PM.