Sorry...I don't we have had below zero and temps and wind chill warnings here too. Do you take her out on a leash to where she normally goes? Mine go and come in very quickly right now, some faster than others:)
Would it be possible to carry her off a bit to a slightly better spot? My two are doing the three-paw limp as well, with Yuki being the worse of the two. He can barely get back up the steps and stumble through the door by the time he's done circling for that perfect poo spot, lol.
Regarding booties, there isn't much I can offer as advice there. :( My two are good about just going out the door on leash and doing their business as fast as possible when it's like this. This morning they were sad to discover that the temperature is a frigid -8F outside. The potty break was done in record time, heh.
Marcie, I am having the same problem with Tom. He too will not go inside the fenced yard and requires multiple long walks each day. Last night when it felt like -10 he was fine, but this morning it feels like -24 and he won't go. He started the limping and I had to carry him home :(
It's gonna be a long day!
Last time I went out it was less than zero degrees and Sully was actually dancing in the wind as if it were a balmy, spring day. I can never predict the response I might get in various conditions. We have almost no snow here right now so the three leg limp doesn't seem to happen this year. I know Sully prefers cold weather but last winter was more challenging as the ground was ice and snow-covered all year and since it was treated with rock-salt on the walking areas it was hard on doggy paws. I was considering using a disposable mat of some type but we just muddled through and limped along until spring. I wonder if putting newspaper down would be more appealing. Of course that is more difficult to dispose of since you would have to carry a garbage bag as well.
We got some little rubber booties called Pawz for Sophie. They don't keep her warm but her paws won't freeze to the ground and they protect her enough so that she can nose around and find the right spot. They come several sets to a package. We reuse them but the box says they are disposable. They come in different sizes with each size a different color, so you will have to measure her paws. We got the red ones. I find them difficult to put on by myself but with one person holding her foot and the other putting on the bootie, it works well.
It is definitely the road salt or ice melt that causes the pain. It was so bad that Sully limped and just laid down to keep her feet of the ground and that is after walking only a few feet. Now I only walk her in the snow that hasn't been treated and she can walk forever even in the coldest weather. I know the combination of salt and ice burns so I wanted to prevent that. Carrying her is not an option but I am lucky to be able to take her out the back door into the yard that hasn't been treated. That stuff is so nasty. Even washing the paws doesn't seem to help much.
Those latex booty could work for preventing the salt.
I haven't tried them but they look like deflated ballons you can buy at the local store. I avoid side walks during cold snaps cause that salt and slush seems to hurt. Wally lays down after a little brisk walk and goes to lick his paws. I check them but if there's no clump of ice and snow in his pads, then it's the salt. I also sometimes pick him up at intersections to avoid the muddy slush full of chemicals.
But yes, this morning was -31c. here in the Maritimes and after a quick pee and poop, it was running back home. It was a maximum of 15 minutes which was too cold for both of us.
I read something on this site about Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to apply to the pads. I should try it when he goes to bed not to mess the entire home with oil foot prints... :)
Here in Vermont we have a number of below zero days in the winter. I fell your pain my 2 year old Corgi Angus did not last that long at first before his paws started hurting.
Since then I have been using a balm for his feet called musher's secret. It will not protect as well as booties, but it will keep the salt and cold from getting to him too soon. It will also keep snow from bunching up between his toes.
Hope that helps, keep warm.