Dogs have built-in winter boots
The Kibble is back this week with a post that may make you a bit envious of your pet’s paws during the winter season. It may seem like a silly statement, but read on and you’ll see.
Ever wonder why dogs can go outside in the winter and not get frozen toes?
A new study released by the journal of Veterinary Dermatology reveals that dogs have a natural heat transfer system built directly into their feet, so they will stay nice and toasty.
How it works: Dogs have connective tissue and fat located in the pads of their paws that warms up cold blood. A network of veins is also specifically placed in their paws to circulate blood quickly from the pads to the legs to keep the blood constantly warm. There are arteries that run close to the network of veins in the paws. These help to warm up the cool blood in the veins as warm blood passes by in the arteries.
What’s even better is that this system will keep dog’s feet from freezing all the way down to -35 Celsius!
Okay, now I am wishing I had this self-heating system. I wouldn’t have to buy boots and no more slippers. My feet, which are constantly freezing, would heat themselves!
Fun Fact: this is the exact same heat transfer system that is found in penguins!
So, no worries while your dog is running around in the cold this winter. He or she has his own pair of natural boots!