(Closed) Does anyone know if de-icing salt is dangerous for dogs?

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7768 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
250 posts
Helper bee

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
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
10846 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 8
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
4822 posts
Honey bee

Yes it does, as already been stated. You can buy dog safe stuff for your own property though.

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