Does it hurt dogs paws when they walk in ice cold snow??

Asked by Blue on Dec 17th 2010 in Health & Wellness
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Ginger-  M.I.A.

Depends on if they're used to it. Ginger, as a retired working sled dog, never had any problem with snow. Northern breeds also have very tough feet, but I think most of it is just from acclimatization.

Some dogs will act like the snow is hurting them when they first go out, and then seem to forget about it after a few minutes.

BUT: do watch out for cuts caused by sharp ice, and frostbite is not impossible, especially for dogs that are not accustomed to walking on snow and their bodies haven't adapted.

Ginger- M.I.A. answered on 12/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


It can hurt their paws, but as Ginger said it depends on the dog. If your county uses salt or chemical de-icers make sure to clean & dry Krypto's feet so it doesn't damage them. You can buy/make doggie booties to protect his feet. You can also look for Mushers' Secret...a balm you rub on the dogs' feet to protect them.

Member 904338 answered on 12/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


The snow may not hurt your dog's paws...but if he pulls the ice off his pads, he could pull his skin right off with it! If your dog has snow or ice between his toes, be sure to dip his paws in cool to lukewarm (never hot) water to melt it off as soon as he comes inside.

Jillian answered on 12/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Any dog can be hurt by freezing temperatures even if he is used to it or bred for those kind of weather conditions.

The key is often the amount of time that the dog's paws are exposed to the cold.

Dogs can definitely get frostbite just like we can and they can also get hypothermia if not kept warm and dry during icy or very cold conditions.

So it's safe to take the dog for a quick walk outside, but consider getting some paw protector mitts if you're going for longer walks, and make sure you dry the feet thoroughly when you come back indoors to avoid hypothermia. :-)

Jack answered on 12/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


No bc they have paws but if they are up there to long then it will start hurting

Aril answered on 12/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer