Post # 1
I’m wondering if someone could tell me what the dangers of de-icing salt are to a dog? Thankfully we’ll be moving out of our building into a home at the end of the month, but in the mean time I am concerned about the amount of salt our building is using around the entrances. They just dump huge piles of this stuff all along the front steps and the walk ways. When the maintenance man shovels the walk ways he piles all the snow on the lawn area where our pets are supposed to do their thing.
I don’t let our dog eat the snow because of this, but he tries to all the time! Also, I wipe his pawns when we come inside, but I think sometimes FI is in a hurry or forgets to. Can this stuff poison our dog or make him sick? Ever since they started using this stuff about a week ago our dog has had the occasional vomiting. He normally has a weak stomach, but it has happened about 5 times over the past week where he has just thrown up his water. He’s still eating and going to the washroom as normal, plus drinking the usual amount of water. He has lots of energy and is playing, but just gets sick to his stomach more than usual. There are no vet appointments except for emergencies until the new year.
Could someone give me some more information about this? I know that you can buy pet-friendly de-icer, so the harsh chemical stuff they are using can’t be good. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me the effects of this stuff. I’ve looked online, but have found differing information. Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t know. I know mine HATE it, they lift their paws like it hurts them to stand on it, and my lab would hold his paws up and whimper. I would always rinse his feet off for him (poor guy)!
Post # 4
Ice salt can cause burning, infection, and/or blisters on a dogs pads. If ingested it can be toxic and can also cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Post # 5
It burns their pads. BUT you can get dog friendly salt at pet stores. If you’re salting your own home invest in that, if it’s just “outdoor” salt in general you can buy booties. Also, if I’m walking my dog, I try to walk him on the snow instead of the sidewalk so it doesn’t hurt as badly.
Post # 6
As far as I know it can be. You can buy eco-friendly salts at Home Depot, etc though that are supposed to be pet/wildlife friendly.
Post # 7
I think I’m going to have to try to find some booties for him. He does lift his paws up sometimes, so I do keep him on the snow as much as possible. There is a stretch of cement that we have to walk along to get inside though. You think in a pet-friendly building they would spring for the safer stuff, but they are a bunch of cheapskates so I doubt it.
Thankfully we’ll be out of this place soon! We gravel and opt out of using salt because I don’t think it’s very health/eco-friendly.
Post # 8
This just happened to me this morning! First snow of the year for us. my poor dog lifted his front paw, so I brushed it off and then he kept doing it so I quickly got him home and put on his black ‘socks’, which he absolutely hates! I took him back out and he didn’t want to walk at first with the socks on, but eventually he got used to them. The salt is VERY bad for their paws. I have no control over the salt because I live in a townhouse development and they salt our court and sidewalks and there is salt everywhere!!! Definitely try the dog booties. Many dogs don’t like them at first, but usually they get used to them!
Edited: I forgot to add that by licking their paws, the dogs ingest the chemicals which are harmful. Wipe your dog’s paws after coming back home if you don’t choose to use the dog boots.
Post # 9
Yes it does, as already been stated. You can buy dog safe stuff for your own property though.