Adrienne Farricelli

How can dogs run in the snow without their feet freezing? Well, there are several explanations.

Firstly, consider a dog's temperature. Dogs have a higher body temperature compared to humans. With a dog's body temperature around 101.5 degrees, the dog's paws are warmer, and therefore, they are less likely to freeze.

Secondly, many Northern dog breeds are equipped with coats topped with hairs that are rather harsh and snow-and-ice- resistant. Basically, the oils in their coats prevent snow from clinging, considering that oil and water won't mix.

Now, something annoying that may happen when dogs walk on snow is the formation of snow balls between the toes. Mushers can avoid this in predisposed dogs by simply trimming away the hair between the dog's toes.

Another trick of the trade is to apply some cooking spray on the dog's feet to add enough oil to prevent the snow from attaching.

Of course, dogs are not immune to frostbite. Cold paws in dogs and further complication can be prevented by allowing dogs to wear booties on their feet if they must run for prolonged periods of time in cold, harsh weather.