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De-icing agents can be
dangerous to dogs.
For pets, dogs in particular, exposure
to salt-based ice melters can mean an
unhealthy winter and unplanned trips to
the veterinarian. The salts get frozen into
the dogs’ paws and fur. Then, when the
dogs are inside with higher temperatures,
the ice melts and these salts can burn the
skin, causing ulcers and redness to tissue,
leading to bacterial infections. Dogs
can also develop intestinal problems and
their paws and stomach.
Rinse your dog’s paws and stomach
with slightly warm water after every walk
through areas where deicers are in use.
Get between the pads and make sure
Hot Asphalt Warning!
Before you take your dog for a walk on
asphalt on a hot day, place the back of
your hand on the asphalt surface for at
least 7 seconds to judge if it is cool enough
for your dog’s feet. Asphalt can be a
lot hotter than the air
At air temperature of 77
degrees, the asphalt
can be 125 degrees.
At that temperature,
skin destruction can
happen in 60 seconds!
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