Ice Melt Toxicity

dog-in-snow

In my recent post on how to walk your dog safely this winter, I mentioned the importance of washing your dog’s paws thoroughly after your walk to remove any traces of ice melt.

Back in 2000 the ASPCA issued a toxicity alert about ice melters, particularly those that contain Sodium Chloride. In 2001 Health Canada and Environment Canada declared road salt a toxic product due to it containing any one of the following chlorides – sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride or magnesium chloride; despite this, road salt continues to be used on Canada’s roads as an ice melter, as it does in most other countries.

[Read more…]

How to Walk Your Dog Safely this Winter

chihuahuas-in-coats-1

Venturing out for a walk with your dog in the middle winter does come with a number of hazards, but armed with common sense and remembering that if you’re feeling cold and miserable your dog probably is too, you can enjoy your winter walks together.

Here are my 7 tips for walking your dog safely this winter.
[Read more…]

Winter Paw Care

dog-boots

Looking after your dog’s paws is vital to keeping him healthy throughout winter.

Here’s 5 winter paw tips:

Keep Your Dog’s Nails Trimmed

Long nails will make your dog’s toes spread when he walks, so giving more room for snow and ice build up between his toes. This can make walking painful for your dog – try walking with cotton wool between your toes and you’ll get an idea of what your dog would be experiencing.

Unclipped nails also affect your dog’s weight distribution, pushing his weight onto the back of his feet. This means he’ll have less traction and will be more likely to slip and injure himself when he’s walking on an icy path.

[Read more…]