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You have boots to protect your feet. They have nothing to protect their paws. Before you let your dog outside in the snow—and potentially near ice melt—read these tips.
Imagine walking outside, barefoot, in the middle of winter. Sound uncomfortable? Just imagine what it's like for your pet! Your pet goes through enough during the winter months. Don't make things worse for them by leaving them outside or putting them near toxic ice melt.
The moment your pet walks on toxic ice melt, it can cause a number of problems for their paws — and you’ll wonder why you didn’t take steps to prevent their discomfort.
Here's how you can keep your pet’s paws protected during the year’s most unforgiving season.
Wipe their paws.
This is the best way to make sure your pet stays safe this winter. Whether your dog walked on ice melt or not, wipe their paws as soon as they get inside with a warm, damp cloth. By keeping their paws clean, you can keep your dog from ingesting ice melt and irritating their stomach.
Watch them while they’re outside.
For your dog’s sake, try to limit their time outdoors when there’s snow on the ground. Snow can bunch up and get lodged in between their paws. And if there’s ice melt on the ground, please keep them away from the area. Dogs are curious creatures. Watch them when they’re outside to stop them from walking on ice melt or munching on snow.
Keep them on a leash.
Keep your dog on the right path — keep them on a leash! With a slight tug, you can stop your dog from drinking from a puddle or rolling around in the snow. Only let your dog off the leash if you’re letting them play in a defined area, like your backyard.
Buy an ice melt that you can trust.
Choosing an ice melt is hard. We know. Companies will claim their ice melt is pet-safe when it's not! Play it safe, and carve out a few minutes in your schedule to do some research before buying ice melt. We recommend:
- Reading reviews of pet-safe products
- Researching ingredients of ice melters
- Avoiding traditional rock salt, even if it’s cheap
Also, talk to your neighbors and ask what they’re using on their property, just in case Buster ends up on their lawn.