Gritted and Salted roads
When its icy and snowy the ground becomes very dangerous and to combat that our local councils tend to make the surfaces of roads and pavements either gritted or salted to help us with our footing. While this is very helpful to us as bipeds with poor balancing skills, it can pose a couple of problems to our four-legged friends – including CATS!
1) The salt, if left on the pads of the paws can burn and cause irritation.
2) When the animal licks his paws to remove the salt he will ingest it and this can be extremely toxic and may poison the animal. As the salt levels within the body increase, the kidneys will be put under extreme pressure to try to remove the salt from the body and can, in severe circumstances, prove fatal.
PLEASE WASH THEIR PAWS on return from your walk or if the cat has been out. While I am sure they may well not like having their paws washed, it is most certainly preferable to the alternative.
Aveeno Moisturising Cream or Aloe Vera are both excellent preparations to apply to the skin to soothe and help repair any damage – but please try if possible to stop your dog licking it off (a pair of children’s socks will probably come in very handy here!)
If you are ever in doubt as to the severity of a burn, please phone your vet
If you are looking at an easy way of washing the paws “on the go” check out our Mud Daddy review: https://rhodes2safety.com/mud-daddy/