Woman Warns Others As Dog’s Paws Burnt From Icy Grass

The UK has been battered by quite the cold spell recently, with snow flurries turning the country into a winter wonderland - or an absolute nightmare, depending on your outlook.

But one dog owner is urging us to all remember our four-legged friends amid all the extreme weather, after hers had his paws burned off from walking on icy grass.

Sarah Garner, 31, was out walking her seven-year-old Border Collie, Chase, on The Hams in Kempsey at 5.30am on Thursday.

The Senior Client Care Manager noticed something was up when Chase refused to walk - which was when she clocked blood on the grass and quickly checked his feet.

Sarah spotted something was up when Chase refused to walk. Credit: Caters
Sarah spotted something was up when Chase refused to walk. Credit: Caters

Sarah, from Worcester, said: "When we were coming back from our normal morning walk we noticed blood on the frosty grass and that Chase was not wanting to walk.

"I could see that the bottom of his paws had appeared to burn off, so my partner quickly picked him up and rushed him to the car.

"We went straight to the vets where he had his feet cleaned, dressed and he was given some pain relief and then we decided he should have laser treatment to help the healing process.

Chase was rushed straight to the vets when Sarah realised what had happened. Credit: Caters
Chase was rushed straight to the vets when Sarah realised what had happened. Credit: Caters

"The vets think he will be out of action for the next two weeks, and he has to wear waterproof bags on his feet while the dressings are helping."

Thankfully, Chase is now on the mend, and by the looks of things the incident doesn't seem to have dampened his spirit.

Thankfully, Chase is now on the mend. Credit: Caters
Thankfully, Chase is now on the mend. Credit: Caters

However, but Sarah is using what happened as an important lesson that others can learn from when it comes to taking dogs out in adverse conditions.

"I'm sharing my story in hope that people will realise the damage the cold can do to a dog's paws and either refrain from taking them out when it's really cold, or get them snow shoes," she said.

Sarah has now bought Chase a pair of his very own snow boots so that he won't hurt his paws next time they go for a stroll.

She continued: "Once he's allowed to go back out for walks he's going to be wearing snow boots to stop this from happening again.

"It's really sad to see him how he is now, and see the evident pain that he went through, but hopefully with the shoes this won't happen again.

"I'd advise anyone to not walk their dogs in such cold weather, but if you do need to walk them invest in some paw boots to protect them."

Paw boots sound both functional AND pretty damn adorable... What are you waiting for?!

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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