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Frostbite In Dogs

Canadian winters can be brutal and even our pet's fur coats can be no match for Jack Frost. Frostbite can affect our pets as well and therefore it is important to monitor outdoor activities, especially on extremely cold days.

What Are The Signs of Frostbite?

  • Areas of skin that are gray or pale
  • Areas of skin will be cold and firm to touch
  • Slow heart rate
  • Excessive shivering
  • Over time, these areas may appear to blacken

What To Do If You Suspect Your Pet Has Frostbite?

  • Contact your local veterinary clinic immediately
  • Slowly warm your pet
  • DO NOT rub affected areas excessively or put them into a hot bath.
  • Use warm (NOT HOT) water to soak affected area for about 10-20 minutes
  • DO NOT try to re-warm an area that cannot be kept warm, re-freezing will cause more damage.
  • Pets with suspected frostbite should always be examined by a veterinarian.

Additional Information

Merck Veterinary Manual
Miscellaneous Diseases of the Pinna

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