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Old 01-07-2014, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This one has me stumped. Baxter loves playing out in the snow, and would do so for hours if I stayed out throwing his wubba. Obviously, we don't stay out THAT long, because I start to freeze...

We're getting some crazy cold weather here in Ohio, like much of the rest of the country. Temps have been 0 to -10, but the "feels like" temp keeps hovering around -25. Baxter hasn't experienced cold like this before, and we've only been going outside long enough for him to pee/poo. That said, he only seems to be able to do one. After that, his back legs almost seem to get incredibly stiff, and he just curls up and lays down on the ground. He's completely fine once we're back in the house.

Do you think this is JUST the cold weather, and maybe his paws are just too cold? Or something more concerning? I'm only out with him for maybe 5 minutes before he starts doing this, probably much less than that - it just FEELS like forever given the current weather.

Temps will start to go back up in a few days, so I'm sure I'll be able to tell then, but I worry about my boy, so I thought I'd check in with all of you before getting him checked by a vet. If he were doing it more often, or not recovering and bouncing back to his normal self once inside, we'd have already been over to see the vet.
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It's the weather. Mine go out pee, come in, warm up, go back out to poop. I've been just waiting for them to ask, then they run out and run back in. I also take a towel and rub their legs and feet.
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That's kind of what I was figuring, but you can never really be too safe...

I go out with him, but instead of simply walking back to the door like he typically does, he seems to opt for the stiffening up/laying down route.
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This one has me stumped. Baxter loves playing out in the snow, and would do so for hours if I stayed out throwing his wubba. Obviously, we don't stay out THAT long, because I start to freeze...

We're getting some crazy cold weather here in Ohio, like much of the rest of the country. Temps have been 0 to -10, but the "feels like" temp keeps hovering around -25. Baxter hasn't experienced cold like this before, and we've only been going outside long enough for him to pee/poo. That said, he only seems to be able to do one. After that, his back legs almost seem to get incredibly stiff, and he just curls up and lays down on the ground. He's completely fine once we're back in the house.

Do you think this is JUST the cold weather, and maybe his paws are just too cold? Or something more concerning? I'm only out with him for maybe 5 minutes before he starts doing this, probably much less than that - it just FEELS like forever given the current weather.

Temps will start to go back up in a few days, so I'm sure I'll be able to tell then, but I worry about my boy, so I thought I'd check in with all of you before getting him checked by a vet. If he were doing it more often, or not recovering and bouncing back to his normal self once inside, we'd have already been over to see the vet.
I noticed some "strange" behavior from my shep as well this winter. She'll lay down outside and keep her paws off the subzero surfaces or at times lift a paw off the ground ( snow, ice, etc). I asked other folks in the neighborhood who have dogs and they seem to view this behavior as "normal" when it gets bitterly cold....we have had temps without windchill down to -25. I put some boots on my gal when we go out and it makes all the difference plus it helps keep the chemicals ( ice melt ) they put on the streets off her paws.

This is my pooch's first real winter and of course she loves the snow and cold but those subzero surfaces their pads are on has to be a shocker after any length of time.

Hopefully, you have nothing to worry about and all will return to normal when the temperatures do.

Acclimation to frigid temperatures is the way to go in climates where one can do this. In other regions, severe changes in temps can affect a dog in numerous fashions.

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That's kind of what I was figuring, but you can never really be too safe...

I go out with him, but instead of simply walking back to the door like he typically does, he seems to opt for the stiffening up/laying down route.
I had to run in the yard and pick up and carry my Samoyed mix back into the house...she couldn't move after about 30 seconds
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My dogs are limping when they come inside too, I think it is the pain they feel in their pads more than leg pain. Bitter cold that they aren't use to....once inside they are fine.
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I feel better knowing that this seems to be the norm for those in frigid temps. I feel awful for the dogs, but not much to do aside from keeping them toasty warm and not letting them stay out too long, I suppose!

If we were going to be getting temps like this more regularly, I'd be looking into boots to protect his pads, but it looks like we're going back to balmy weather in the 30s after today or tomorrow. Then it'll be back to playtime and walks!
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Temps got up to 11 degrees yesterday afternoon, and Baxter was 100% back to normal and was able to stay outside much longer than he had been able to that morning and the day before. Guess it was simply the cold! Thanks for the reassurance, everyone.
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Glad to hera Baxter is back to normal. Lucky goes out and immediately lays down after peeing.This week he couldn't get up once so husband and I had to go out and lift his back end up then he was ok . I think its much colder then we've experienced in many years.
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Mine love it outside in the cold. I hate it and wear about 5 layers when I take them out, but they love it.

It's the extreme hot weather in August where I notice they don't want to be outside long. It's seems they've got a little extra oomph when it's freezing cold outside.
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