April is Active Dog Month
The month of April is Active Dog Month. This month-long…
If you live in cold country, you know that snow and ice removal can be accomplished by melting, scraping or shoveling the cold, wet, slushy or hard stuff away. Adding chemicals to it first can make the job a whole lot easier!
The purpose of these chemicals is to lower the freezing point of water. In addition to melting the snow and ice, they also prevent it from reforming and sticking to surfaces. These de-icing chemicals typically consist of salts (sodium, magnesium calcium and potassium chlorides), alcohols and glycols – not what you’d want inside your pet!
Unfortunately, that is what can happen when our pets go out exercising and answering nature’s call. The chemicals attach to their fur and paws and then they ingest when they groom themselves. The salts and other chemicals will irritate paws, and depending on the type of deicer used in your neighborhood, your pet’s problems can range from tummy upsets to kidney failure.
Be sure to take precautions this winter when your pup heads outdoors:
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much. A small dog or cat needs only to ingest less than ½ Tablespoon, or 3 Tablespoons for an extra-large dog, for fatal results to occur!
Within 3 hours of licking de-icing salts from their paws, drinking it from a puddle of melted snow or by whatever means the animal ingests the toxin, these signs and symptoms may occur:
Quickly get your pet to your veterinarian or animal emergency center where treatment for hypernatremia (too much salt) will include administration of IV fluids and monitoring electrolytes and blood levels. This is a serious condition.
Providing traction to slippery sidewalks and roadways is important to preventing injury however, we must also protect our furry family members in regards to the ways in which this task is accomplished. Let snow create a winter wonderland, but keep it a safe time for all by protecting precious paws and every inch of those furry bodies!
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