Dangers to your pets from road/sidewalk salt

7:33 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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About 10 million tons of salt are used on roads in the United States each year, and that number doesn't include the amount individuals and businesses use on their sidewalks.

But all that salt can be dangerous to your pets.

Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins explains that and other winter dangers to be aware of.

Dr. Robyn Barbiers, veterinarian and president of The Anti-Cruelty Society, says, "It can irritate the pads of the feet and, if they start licking it, it can cause some upset stomachs."

It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea. If they eat too much, it can be potentially deadly.

So is anti-freeze and, for some reason, both cats and dogs love the taste.

Barbiers said, regarding anti-freeze, "Very, very dangerous, usually causes fatalities."

If your dog has nowhere else to walk, it's important that you wash their paws with warm water when they come inside. Otherwise, they will lick their feet and ingest the salt.

If possible, walk them on salt-free surfaces and for your own home, use a pet-friendly ice melter.

Animals can suffer from hypothermia as well. Those with thin fur need to be bundled up, just like you are.

And limit outdoor exposure during frigid temperatures.


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