Whether you are taking your dog for a morning walk, or playing in the snow, the streets can be dangerous for dogs during the Winter months. Why? Chemicals, in particular street salt, are used during this time and are extremely toxic to your dogs. Keep reading to learn the dangers of street salt.

What Is Street Salt?

Street salt, also known as road salt or rock salt, is halite, the mineral form of sodium chloride. Street salt lowers the freezing point of water, preventing ice from forming. This makes it a common chemical to use on streets and in front of homes and businesses.

While street salt will prevent you from slipping and falling outside, it’s also extremely toxic to dogs. Street salt can get stuck in between your dog’s paws and cause irritation and burns.

Signs of Salt Burn & Paw Irritation

Look for these signs that your dog is experiencing salt burn:

  • Limping, walking carefully during walk
  • Excessive paw licking
  • red, dry, cracked, blistered or bleeding paw pads

Preventing & Treating Salt Burns

  • Avoid salt during your walks as much as possible
  • Use dog booties to cover their paws
  • Rinse or wipe your dog’s paws after each walk
  • Use a paw balm after cleaning to help soothe and treat any irritations
  • Minor irritation can be treated at home: wash or rinse your dogs paws with warm water and then apply a soothing balm for paw pads.
  • For bleeding, blisters and sores, visit your vet.

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Written by Vincent M.