Frostbitten Kitten An Important Reminder

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Symptoms:

  • Frostbite affected skin is pale to bluish-white in color, and much cooler than surrounding skin.
  • This is due to loss of circulation to the area. If the circulation returns, the affected area will be red, swollen, and painful.

Treatment:

  • Warm the skin and stimulate the return of circulation with lukewarm, moist heat. 
  • Immerse the area in warm water for 15 - 30 minutes, or apply a warm moist towel to the area.
  • DO NOT rub the area as it will cause more damage.
  • As the circulation returns, the skin will redden.
  • If the areas begin turning dark that indicates tissue damage. Your pet should see its veterinarian. 

The Nebraska Humane Society says it has seen four cats in the past two weeks with damaged ears due to frostbite. One of the most recently rescued, Jack Frost, is just 8-weeks-old.

"Cats' ear tips are so delicate, and have such thin hair that they are very susceptible to freezing," reads a release from the NHS.

The shelter says it serves as an important reminder to bring all pets inside from the dangerously cold weather.

The dangers of frostbite and pets was the recent subject of a Nebraska Humane Society report on WOWT 6 News. To see Pam Wiese's story, CLICK HERE.


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