Post by Page Masters, a wedding photographer in Gainesville Florida.
Art Of Affection
The first snow fall is the sign that the fun winter activities of dog owner and pet is about to begin. The four legged friend will be comfortable in the near freezing temperature as it will be fully insulated by the thick fur. Dog owners would always want to have the pet around as they make any kind of activity enjoyable. However, just like any other dog owner, you may be concerned too with the pet’s inclination to eat snow. Owners of snow eating dogs would not be too concerned as this habit would not be disgusting like the dog habit of eating feces and rotting animals. People love to eat Sno Cone, the dessert made from snow and topped with colored fruit flavored syrup.
Snow with fresh or candied fruit toppings is also a favorite dessert. Apparently dogs do have many similarities with their human friends as these animals love eating snow too. However, unlike humans, dogs really love to eat even plain snow. What is so special about snow that makes dogs love it? Is the dog thirsty because you always forget to fill its water bowl?
In the wild, dogs have been eating snow when the rivers and springs are frozen. Today’s dogs need not eat snow to assuage thirst because owners make sure that the pets are provided with all the basic needs. Dogs though are very curious animals. Sunlight glistening on the snow crystals would entice an inquisitive dog to investigate. The sensation of the cold snow on warm tongue would tempt the dog to take another mouthful. The pet would find eating freshly fallen snow enjoyable and the doting owner would not have the heart to stop the pet more so because eating snow is not dangerous.
However, if the pet has ingested large amounts of snow, it is possible that the body temperature will be lowered. Lowered body temperature can result to hypothermia. Eating snow is not entirely harmless as the dog can be eating snow laced with toxic substances. The Sno Cones that people love to eat is topped with fruity flavorings but the snow that the dog eats can be topped with antifreeze or with other toxic substances. The dog’s snow eating habit is dangerous after all as it can result to poisoning.
A medical concern may be the reason why the dog eats snow excessively. The dog may have an undiagnosed kidney or thyroid disease. Dogs with diabetes and Cushing’s disease will eat snow to satisfy the huge appetite that is a manifestation of the disease. The medical problems must be treated to stop the dog’s inclination to eat snow.
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