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    Hi, I saw this on Facebook, from Cesar Milan, and with winter coming fast, I thought I'd post it, it has a lot of good tips for protecting our Furbabies from snow and salt.


    De-Icing Methods that Keep Your dogs safe


    As temperatures drop, many areas of the country will have to confront the same safety hazard: ice.
    Whether youíre driving in your car or out for a dog walk, a patch of the slippery surface can cause serious injury for both humans and canines. Unfortunately, not all methods for de-icing are safe for your pooch. Before you head to the store for something to clean off your driveway and walkways, consider all of your options.


    Sand, Gravel, or Kitty Litter


    Your dog encounters these natural materials on a daily basis without harm, so you can rest easily when using them ó they are great methods for de-icing safely. Unfortunately, itís not as efficient at melting the snow as many other options. Plus, it leaves you with a mess to clean up afterwards. Not ideal when youíre trying your hardest to limit the time you spend in the freezing weather. However, if you keep them afterwards, you can reuse the sand, gravel, or litter multiple times, which makes it quite cost-effective.


    Verdict: Safe


    Wood or Plastic Barriers


    If you know a storm is going to hit, cover a pathway with wooden boards or heavy plastic sheets. The key is to remove them quickly after the storm is over ó otherwise, theyíll just freeze into place and youíll have wood or plastic covered in ice instead of concrete! Again, itís not convenient to have to go out and move them, but the fact that they can be reused for future storms is a nice benefit.


    Verdict: Safe


    Salt (Sodium Chloride)


    This is one of the most common methods employed for de-icing. When snow and ice fall, we salt the roads. Even if you donít use it, itís likely that itís being used somewhere in your neighborhood.
    Thatís unfortunate, because it can cause many problems for your pooch. Their paws can become severely irritated after coming into contact with it, and a dog who licks calcium chloride salt and lime rock salt can experience vomiting or diarrhea afterwards.
    Thereís not much you can do about the rest of your neighborhood other than keeping a close watch on your pup, but, you can help keep your dog safe by not using it in your own yard or only doing so in a few spots.


    Verdict: Use with Caution


    Chemical De-icers


    The list of chemicals that may be included in a chemical de-icer is long. Potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium carbonate, CMA (calcium magnesium acetate), urea, and calcium chloride are just a few possible ingredients.
    If your dog has ingested magnesium chloride or urea (also known as carbonyl diamide), your veterinarian may recommend inducing vomiting, and all of these chemicals can irritate your dogís paws and cause gastrointestinal distress. In fact, many can be fatal if ingested in large amounts.
    Be aware that many products that advertise themselves as ďpet-safeĒ may still contain these chemicals.


    Verdict: Avoid if Possible


    How to Protect Your Dog


    Since you canít control what others use on their lawns or sidewalks, be sure to strap on a pair of dog boots or some paw wax before heading outside. Make it a routine to wash off your dogís paws, legs, and stomach with soap and water once youíre back inside. And never let your dog drink melting ice or snow.
    The most common signs that your dog has ingested de-icers include vomiting and diarrhea, but can also include depression, tremors, seizures, disorientation, loss of appetite, and increased water consumption. If you think your dog may be affected, call the National Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.




    Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/do...#ixzz2lit8giWS
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Default Re: Safety Tips For Winter

    Thank you , Vikinggirl, for the tips. I guess what I had bought from Petsmart might not be a good idea . I tried putting boots on him but he hates them. Haven't tried wax. So definitely need to run to the store for that.

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    Good info! I've seen "pet safe" salts in the past I wonder what the ratings on those are?

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    thank you, Monica!
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    I usually put a good layer of vaseline or aquaphor on Jenna's paw's when it's very cold & snowy....wonder if that works the same as the wax?

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