We can safely say, in Manitoba, we have a few more months of snow on the horizon. No matter the weather, our doggos need their walkies! However, we need to take extra precautions at this time of the year.
Antifreeze, rock salt, and other de-icing chemicals can be poisonous to dogs (and cats), especially if they lick their paws after being outside. To avoid this, it’s important to thoroughly wipe and/or brush down their fur and paws, paying special attention to their feet (especially in between their toes), legs, and bellies, as salt can flick up as they walk. Even if they wear booties and a jacket, it’s still important to make sure any exposed areas are clean when they come inside.
Just a small amount of de-icing chemicals can be dangerous to our pets. Ingestion could result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause extreme thirst, vomiting, and lethargy. In severe cases there can be convulsions and kidney damage.
We all know how rough winter can be. By taking extra precautions, it will be a safer, more enjoyable season for all!
For more information on caring for your dog’s paws and skin over the winter, visit this post from the Ontario SPCA.