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Temperature Variation Between Front & Rear Paws

Goldenbear
January 9th, 2011, 11:28 PM
We have a 13&1/2 year old female Golden Retriever that we recently noticed has developed a change in temperature between her front paws/pads are warm & her rear very cool/cold to the touch. She used to have snow/ice build up in between the pads/fur during the winter months but not this year( only the front )....
Our 7 year old male Golden runs with all 4 warm/hot & has had snow/ice on his pads/paws at times like our older girl used to.
They both wear Muttluks insulated Boots during extreme cold& snow/ice conditions....
She is in excellent health, just showing signs of her age with some stiffness in her hips & the occasional slight trembling rear leg( when resting/sleeping ) at times but my real question is :- We wonder if it could it be the start of blockage in blood flow circulation related only to the rear extremities -> Has anyone had a similar situation develop with their senior dog ?? With all the dogs we've had over the years , this seems to be a first for us.... :shrug::pawprint::pawprint:

MaxaLisa
January 11th, 2011, 10:14 PM
My old girl had a heart problem, and her paws did become increasingly colder. I don't remember if it was all 4 at the same time, or the back first. If the vet hasn't listened to her heart lately, it might be worth doing?

Maybe acupuncture would help with the circulation?

rainbow
January 11th, 2011, 11:31 PM
I can only think of a circulation problem as well. Has she been checked by your vet recently? A senior dog should have a geriatric blood panel done at least once a year .....preferably twice.

Good luck and please keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Goldenbear
January 20th, 2011, 10:24 AM
Thanks for the feedback:thumbs up...
Peaches does have her blood tested & urine as well twice per year because our girl is a survivor of kidney failure due to a double whammy of 2 types of leptos infections & a Lyme disease-related tick bite back in the fall of 2009/winter 2010....
The vet does check her heart but nothing is there for now it seems.:shrug:
Needless to say , we almost lost her but she's a very tough survivor , after a form of dialysis for week at the vets ( she was given a 50/50 chance of living :eek:) plus force feeding w/meds for 2 months , all is well for now:goodvibes:.
Since it is an extremely very cold winter this year out here , maybe it's just another sign of aging :( , as just recently we went through a mild spell for a couple of days & her back feet seemed to be correspondingly slightly warmer for now:fingerscr.:pawprint: