cute purebred catAlthough you may have already unpacked your pet’s winter coat, booties, and adorable sweaters, there’s more to winter pet safety than just preparing for cold weather. Ice melt toxicity and other poisoning risks are also a serious concern.

What is Ice Melt Toxicity?

Ice melts (also known as road salts or deicers) are full of chemical compounds that are poisonous to pets. This includes potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium carbonate, and calcium magnesium acetate. If your pet ingests these products, the effects can range from mild gastrointestinal upset to death.

Take note of the following symptoms:

  • Hypersalivation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • GI irritation
  • Tremors
  • During the winter, outdoor surfaces can also contain chemicals from passing or parked cars, as well as noxious substances used on lawns and gardens.

To protect your companion and avoid an accidental pet poisoning, let’s take a look at some practical tips for winter pet safety.

Be an Aware Pet Owner

Because our pets need regular exercise, we understand that simply staying inside all winter is not an option. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your pet can enjoy a magical winter wonderland this year:

  • Always supervise your pet outdoors, and discourage him or her from drinking from puddles or eating snow.
  • Consider outfitting your pet with high-quality booties. There are even disposable booties that are convenient for traveling.
  • Take the signs of ice melt toxicity seriously. Call us immediately if your pet exhibits any symptoms.
  • Avoid snow and sleet altogether and opt for doggie daycare or indoor play time instead.
  • Wipe your pet’s legs and paws thoroughly with a damp washcloth upon returning from the outdoors.
  • Periodically check your pet’s paws for dryness, cracking, or other painful conditions.

When the weather outside turns frightful, you can still keep your pet in tip-top shape. Be sure your furry friend remains warm and dry at all times, and always keep a close eye on your curious pet when outdoors. Your vigilance will definitely go a long way to preventing a pet poisoning emergency.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about ice melt toxicity or winter pet safety.