Walking Pets in Snow and Ice

Rob and Val

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Saw this on Facebook today and felt that dog owners might want to know: -

Everyone while walking their dogs in the snow should just be aware that the grit used to melt the snow is very toxic to dogs. If they walk on it then it can burn the skin on their paws and cause serious amounts of pain. I didn’t know this until this morning when I brought my dog out and after walking for five minutes on a path that had been gritted he started to squeal and lift up his left front paw, I lifted him up instantly and had a look as I thought he may have stood in glass but his paw was all red and inflamed. If anyone’s heard of the salt and ice challenge they will understand how the chemical reaction works on bare skin. Also if a dog tries to lick their paw clean this can cause poisoning due to the de-icing chemicals within the grit.

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No problem round us at the moment - there's no salt or gritting going on! Just lots and lots of deep snow for him to play in, then he tries to bring it into the house.

But a timely warning - thanks very much
 
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Nasty stuff :(

'Unlike table salt, road salt is not for licking! While both begin as sodium chloride, the coarse mix used on roads and highways contains high levels of chemicals such as sodium ferrocyanide and ferric ferrocyanide that prevent caking during storage.'
 
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Also hard compacted snow/ice will be between the paws after a walk. I know it will melt, but must be uncomfortable until it does and takes only seconds for us to clear it away. (y)

Hell, I miss our little girl with a mega passion. It hurts so much, even after 9 months, that we cannot yet even begin to think about getting another doggy.


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davejen

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We always put our shih-tzu in the sink and wash his paws and legs in warm water after playing/walking in the snow
just in case of this.
Cheers, Dave(y)
Can;t seem to put a picture on..
 
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i was seriously told of as i went over the road to the grit bin and brought a bucket back and gritted our path i didnt know about it being bad for dogs

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Also hard compacted snow/ice will be between the paws after a walk. I know it will melt, but must be uncomfortable until it does and takes only seconds for us to clear it away. (y)

Hell, I miss our little girl with a mega passion. It hurts so much, even after 9 months, that we cannot yet even begin to think about getting another doggy.


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Nice piccy, they stay in your heart don’t they.
 

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Saw this on Facebook today and felt that dog owners might want to know: -

Everyone while walking their dogs in the snow should just be aware that the grit used to melt the snow is very toxic to dogs. If they walk on it then it can burn the skin on their paws and cause serious amounts of pain. I didn’t know this until this morning when I brought my dog out and after walking for five minutes on a path that had been gritted he started to squeal and lift up his left front paw, I lifted him up instantly and had a look as I thought he may have stood in glass but his paw was all red and inflamed. If anyone’s heard of the salt and ice challenge they will understand how the chemical reaction works on bare skin. Also if a dog tries to lick their paw clean this can cause poisoning due to the de-icing chemicals within the grit.

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This picture used is actually from dog paws on a very hot pavement and was circulated widely last year on facebook to highlight those dangers

I feel its misleading as its now being circulated widely on facebook again to highlight risks of road salt. I am yet to see any pictorial evidence of burns like that to a dogs pads caused by road grit as is my vet.

However the ingestion of road salt is potentially dangerous so we always rinse Nelsons feet after walks in icy or snowy conditions where grit may be present.

Mrs S
 
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