If road salt toxicity not only burns grass, ground cover, and causes rust damage to your car, imagine what it will do to your dog’s paws!
Our dogs needs to be walked, even in the winter but we all need to take safety precautions when we hit the pavement.
You can let your dog enjoy the fresh air while out on his walk but the key is what happens when you return home. Road salt can get caught inside the crevasse of your dogs’ feet and harm the food pad, causing burning to their paws. We all know dogs lick their paws and these horrible toxins can be ingested creating serious problems. Dogs can’t handle the toxicity of the road salt!
What you need to do: always wipe your dog’s feet when you return from your walk. Baby wipes are my favorite solution because they’re easy and accessible. Leave a packet by the dog’s leash so they are available when you return from your walk.
For those furry dogs, I prefer what I call a “spa paw bath.” Fill a utility sink or tub with one inch of warm water. If their paws are really muddy, add a little doggy shampoo to the water. Put your dog in the tub and let him wade in the water for a few minutes. This allows all the dirt, grime and salt to soak off their paws and from between the pads. Repeat if necessary. Finish with clean water and then dry their paws.
For those small dogs and low riders like Dauchshaunds, be sure to wipe under the belly as well. Salt can splash underneath their bellies and private parts causing burning and itching. If your dog has burned paws due to the salt, use invisible dog boots by Musher’s. It’s a natural wax that safely protects paws from salt and ice
Although we have a couple more weeks of winter ahead of us, as long as we protect ourselves and our pets from the elements, it can be a lot of fun. Remember, a safe dog is a happy dog!