My dogs are loving the snow but after running in it and making "snow angels" in it, they seem to eat the snow...then come in and sometimes vomit it. Or burp it up or whatever...Is eating snow harmful?
|The cold on their internals is what is making them vomit. No, they'd have to eat a lot to cause damage.....their bodies have a way of preventing that......they vomit. In theory the cold puts stress on their hearts, stomach, kidneys, etc. but if your puppers are healthy, this is just an inconvenience. Friends' sled team eats mainly snow, but they've learned a little bit at a time. |
I wonder if it is the running, jumping and playing and then the sudden chill from the snow that causes the immediate stomach cramp. Or are they getting "brain freezes?"
Another storm coming in a few days, concentrate instead on spring, won't it be beautiful?
|hmmm, mine never vomit or burp or seem to get stomach upset from snow eating.|
Chewie, Maggie and Biscuit eat snow fairly often when they get hot and thirsty while out playing or working.
|Dawn, wonder if that's because their system is used to it? We normally do not have this amount of snow fall so but for a few licks of a dusting of snow in the past, this is the first time they have soooo much to eat! Ha ha...|
|Mine are definitely used to snow but sometimes still barf it back up if they eat too much of it....|
|Mine always eat snow, and are fine...unless the water bowl in the house has been empty for a bit and someone's thirsty and overcompensates with snow. That can cause an upset.|
Now, we got another eight or so inches yesterday, making the snow much deeper than Hudson is tall in many areas. Rudy (made out of pipe cleaners, runs like a weird gazelle/bunny hybrid) loved bounding in and out of the drifts.
It took Hudson three trips outside and about a dozen attempts to make a pee. Even with his leg lifted as high as he could, his "plumbing" was still below snow level, and apparently we cannot pee under those conditions. (I'm not criticizing, mind you...I can't imagine I'd want to pee under those conditions either.)
Finally he went into the deep snow and peed into a trail Rudy the crazy bounder had made...yay...I was getting tired of waiting for him.
Oh, the joys of snow...my hubby's house keys hit the driveway somewhere (we're pretty sure) before the blizzard, and we need to go dig for them, and the garage door won't stay down because the snow keeps blowing into the crack and setting off the sensor. Hubby took two hours to get home yesterday...his new job site is just out of the city and they kept closing whatever highway he tried...normally a fifteen minute drive.
See the joys you warm climate people are missing! And your poor dogs, too!
|Have a friend with a metal detector? Surely enough metal on the keys........?|
|Hear you on the garage door problem! We had to keep clearing the snow out from the bottom crack of the garage door so it would close. If we waiited, it would freeze and kept opening!|
And about the pee problem...Ha ha...my dogs had the same problem only with poop. They would squat to poop and the snow would hit their butt and they would jump back up! Then their feet would sink into the snow interrupting whatever they were doing... I think we've had about 55 inches of snow so far and right now it is snowing again...
|The winter before I moved down here we had 127 inches of snow (DH had already moved here).......I had no car....maybe a good thing....and had to be at the university by 7:30 each day. For the pups I had to shovel out an area for Necessaries. Near the end it looked like the Coloseum with the high walls snow (like 7 feet tall) and the middle open for the K9 gladiators. We all hated that winter.......|
These desert dogs have a different solution when there is snow on the ground, pee and poop on the walks. No snow this year.....
|Clyde's been puking it up a lot. I'm hoping he at least loses a few pounds.|
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