You may think that the pads on your dogs paws will protect them from all seasons here in Michigan, but that’s not exactly the case. The salt used to melt away ice and snow on sidewalks and pavements are harmful to their paws. It dries the pads out and causes irritation, which may lead to them constantly licking at their paws. Be sure to use a safe product at your home if you have furry friends. The traditional salt contains either sodium chloride or calcium chloride, both irritants to the paws. Those two chemicals can also result in death in ingested in large amounts. For example, it only takes 1 ounce of sodium chloride per 2.3 pounds to be deadly to dogs. K-9 Specialist recommends wiping their paws after being outside, whether you see the salt or residue on their paws or not, it’s still there and won’t hurt to take precautionary actions to prevent any accidental ingestion of a harmful chemical. Be sure to get pet safe products for ice and snow melting like Safe Paws for your home today!
Having difficulty getting your pooch outside to go potty in the cold winter months? K-9 Specialist trains in all behavioral issues, even this one! It’s not uncommon for a finicky pooch to say “No way! I’m not going out there!” during the chilly months. Give us a call today at 616-212-3054 to discuss a training program that’s right for you and your dog! Happy Holidays!!