Winter and colder temperatures pose a threat to domestic pets that are exposed to the weather. Just like humans, they are prone to frostbite. Do you know what the first signs of frostbite look like in a cat or dog? Did you think that because they are covered with fur that they were less likely to get frostbite? If you did not know the answers to those questions then you had better read this so your pet will thank you.
Signs of frostbite
You should watch your pet to see the first signs of frostbite. They are pain and pale skin. It can affect almost any part of the body but the ears, tail tip and paws are the most susceptible. In the advanced stage of the frostbite the skin becomes red or black which can only take a few extra minutes of exposure to extreme cold compared to the first stage of pain a pale skin.
The hair on the ears is not enough to protect the animals ears in extreme cold. Wild animals usually will find some place to hide during the extreme cold temperatures. Domestic pets usually don’t have the luxury of finding a warm place to hide if they are left outside in a yard with no shelter.
What should you if you find that your pet has a case of frostbite? First you might have to restrain the pet in a blanket since the pet is in pain and might claw or bite your attempts to help. Next get some warm, wet towels and apply them to the affected areas. The warmth and moisture will help the areas to recover. The ideal temperature will be around 70 to 75 degrees, warm but not hot. Do not put ointments to the affected areas. If the skin is dark red or black transport the pet to the vet right away.