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Dangers of Road Salt to Pets

Snow Safety

For those of us with pets, snowy winter conditions can pose more than a few problems for our furry friends. Of course, dogs, as well as some cats, have to get outside to get their exercise and bathroom breaks, even when the winter precipitation piles up. Warmth is always a consideration, but the real dangers lie in the types of deicers your pets may encounter. Whether it be on their paws as the walk and run or in the instance a pet ingests some treated snow, chemical deicers can do a number on your pup’s skin and stomach. Our veterinarian group at PetVax is experienced and trained on how to minimize exposure and treat harmful effects of deicing chemicals. With locations in Bartlett and Cordova, as well as other Memphis locations, we have more than enough facilities and doctors available to assist you and your pets with all sorts of veterinarian needs. Let's examine some potential scenarios your pets may encounter, along with treatments and preventative measures to keep them healthy and happy.

Monitor and Mitigate with a Trusted Veterinarian

Most deicers are a sodium mixture, which means contact with your pet's paws and the ice/salt mixture can be a skin irritant, leading to tender pads and problems walking. In severe cases, pets have damaged their paws to a point in which walking was almost impossible. Having your fido or feline wear rubber booties is an effective way to mitigate that skin to chemical contact. Another option may be to travel to more rural areas in which deicer hasn't been applied. Some pets will also eat treated snow, which can cause diarrhea or upset stomachs, but, luckily, isn't usually fatal. Talk to a veterinarian about how to treat sodium ingestion per pet type.

Premier Pet Services for Memphis

Dr. Kevin Frazier and the rest of the talented doctors and staff at our PetVax locations in and around Cordova, Bartlett, Germantown, Raines, Midtown and East Memphis are highly qualified and eager to meet and treat your pets. Call (901) 654-3110 or make an appointment today.

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