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My daughter is leaving for Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday. I heard it has gotten really cold there. It's only 60. Those poor people must be freezing. Hope they have a sweater.

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My daughter is leaving for Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday. I heard it has gotten really cold there. It's only 60. Those poor people must be freezing. Hope they have a sweater.

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many people woke up to car batteries that were drained .
That would be meeeee. It was devastating as I could not go to work....

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Mine is limping on the cold snow too, but she's not shivering.

I'm lucky, I have a large horse riding arena I can let her bomb around in there where she's out of the wind and her paws are out of the snow, but in temps like this I basically just let her out to potty and she comes right back in.

I'm lucky, she's got a good off switch and is happy to entertain herself with her toys, but I'll do nosework inside to tire her out a bit and she seems pretty happy.

It's supposed to warm up a bit over the weekend, (but we're supposed to get another 15 cm of snow on Sunday), but cold again on Tues.
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My prior GSD, when I was a teenager, used to roll around in the snow! This one is happy outside too...happy to be in but sometimes I think it gets too warm for her and she likes to head out!


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That would be meeeee. It was devastating as I could not go to work....

I didn't wake up to it, but my repeated attempts to turn my truck over drained it.

I've been keeping the dogs inside, they get a 5 minute romp a half dozen times through the day. My Saint, who is just brilliant, like this dog's IQ she was out yesterday and was lifting her paw, so I was trying to get her in, she laid down on the snow, on her back, all 4 feet in the air. She thinks she should like this weather, but she is just not conditioned for anything more than a few minutes. Oz, I guess a sign he's getting older is quite content with out and in. I do remember, when he was much younger, the inside games, finding a room big enough to roll a ball, hiding things all over the house for him to find, feeling no matter what I did, it only took the edge off - fortunately for me, we had far fewer deep old days in his entire puppyhood than we have had this year.
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Sounds like maybe a pad got a bit of frostbite or something...
I'm curious....could cold weather, playing in deep snow etc. cause injuries to the nails of a dog's paw? Whereas if a nail was torn, the cold snow might keep it from bleeding much. Or even cause damage to the bed of the nail from romping on icy snow?

Remember, I'm from South Texas - we had freezing weather this morning...a chilly 32! So I can't even imagine what ya'll are going through!

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I'm curious....could cold weather, playing in deep snow etc. cause injuries to the nails of a dog's paw? Whereas if a nail was torn, the cold snow might keep it from bleeding much. Or even cause damage to the bed of the nail from romping on icy snow?

Remember, I'm from South Texas - we had freezing weather this morning...a chilly 32! So I can't even imagine what ya'll are going through!
Any outside play can potentially cause foot injuries. I've had dogs who had minor pad injuries from cold. If the snow has a crust they can damage the paws just from the rough edges in the snow if they go through the crust.


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From Wisconsin and I don't ever remembering a day being too cold to walk my dogs, however they spend a lot of time outside (today 4-5 hours not all at one time) and the paws do have to acclimate in order for them to tolerate very cold temps. The acclimation has to be a daily process from my experience.

However, my sister has a little terrier mix who not only doesn't spend anytime outside (except to potty) but also has sensitive paws from allergies. But he has come on hikes with me and I put "Mushers Secret" on his paws and it really helps and allows him to hike with us in single digit weather with negative double digit wind chill. We periodically reapply the ointment to his paws through-out the hike.


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My daughter is leaving for Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday. I heard it has gotten really cold there. It's only 60. Those poor people must be freezing. Hope they have a sweater.
Don't you dare laugh at us. It's your evil storm that made it cold down here too! We're freezing at 45. I'm actually under a toasty electric blanket right now!
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