If you're on any form of social media, I'm sure you saw posts mocking the fact that on the second day of Spring, we had a nor'easter. Massive amounts of snow, schools shut down, many work from home emails sent out. It was rough out there. And as you might imagine, the day after such a storm, some massive cleanup is necessary what with shoveling cars out of snow banks, clearing off stoops and walkways and, of course, the use of liberal amounts of rock salt to melt the ice on the sidewalks.
Now, while highly effective, rock salt also has some pretty serious chemicals in it that when they come into contact with the sensitive paws of pooches, can be pretty harmful. So what to do?
There are a few ways that you can protect your dog's paws from these dangerous chemicals:
- Before you go for a walk, apply dog wax to protect their paws
- Put them in some adorable booties (that they will probably hate having to wear but love you for protecting their footsies
- When you come back from a walk, be sure to clean off your dog's paws and, if they appear to be chapped or crusted with salt, apply a balm
- Use non-toxic snow and ice melting product on your property (so at least poochy can play in their own backyard in safety)
- Buy pet friendly snow melt (like we do here at the PPAC)
The winter is tough on all of us but especially so on your pets. So be sure to take the proper precautions to keeping them safe and sound all winter long.
Til' next time,