With 1-½ feet of snow in the yard, we took our pups over to our neighbor's house to play. They have a long driveway that is plowed, so the Labradors would have an open space to run and fetch. After about 30 minutes, we noticed blood on Charlie Pup's paw. Charlie Pup was oblivious to the blood, she wanted us to throw the ball. Labs have a pretty high pain threshold, from what I've seen. Checking her paw, I found her outer claw was torn in half, and bloody.
So it's a quick drive to the vet, where they checked her out, cleaned up the claw, and sent us on our way. Now its nap time.
Our golden, Tucker, loves the snow. When it's really low temps like single-digits, it will stick and freeze in the hair between his toes. He'll alternately hold his paws up in the air as if he's stepped on something that's hurt him. He even grimaces! If it's really bad, he gives up walking altogether and crouches down, even if it's in the middle of the road. My husband half-carried him back to the house the first time it happened, thinking he was injured from something that might have been under the snow. Inspection revealed snow/ice on his feet. After we dried him well he was back in business. That's not really Charlie's problem, I know, but you never know what's hiding under all that snow. Pups will be pups. Enjoy playing in the snow!
Eric Gunnar Rochow
thanks Myra, she's doing well now, we just have to keep her calm for a few days. stay tuned! eric.