Sidewalk Salt Dangerous for Pets

By: Allison Miller
By: Allison Miller

Veterinarians say household salt and de-icing chemicals, which work by heating up and melting the ice, also heat up and burn dog's feet if they get stuck in between the pads of their feet.

Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital vet Bob Bohacek says the high temperature can reach 175 degrees and can be very uncomfortable. He also says because a dog's natural inclination is to then lick the product and try to get it off their feet they ingest it and can, "cause problems in their mouths and gastrointestinal tract."

Instead Dr. Bohacek recommends pet owners purchase special de-icing products that are safe for pets and if out and about on city streets to avoid especially salty patches of sidewalk.

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