The Dangers of Ice Melt Salt on your pawed pals and how to save them
I'm not sure where you are from but I live in Northern Virginia and we just had our first snowfall yesterday! Yes, December 9th! Being born and raised in Chicago this is mind blowing to me. I'm used to it snowing in October for gosh sakes. Not to mention it barely stuck the next day, most of it has melted making it almost like a tease.
Last year I woke up at 3am and saw the first snow fall of the year and I ran outside and jumped around and played in it with my boys. What can I say, I get excited about random things, don't judge me.
If you are a dog mom like me
maybe you have kids and maybe you don't. But my kids have paws and they run around and get into things and get sick and need to go in time out for being naughty, they fight, they cry...
How are dogs not like kids again?
(I think the only difference is you can't leave your baby home alone while you go to work) Just saying.
I dont know about you, but my dogs are my family. I would do anything for them. I would wake up in the middle of the night to take my dog to the hospital if I thought the slightest thing was wrong, I've done it.
You know that ice melting salt they put on the roads when it snows?
Well, it is dangerous and harmful to our furry friends. The main ingredient in most ice melt products is either sodium chloride or calcium chloride. Both sodium and calcium chloride can be harmful to a dog's paws. It can cause cracked, sore pads, blisters and infections. And we would hate to see our fur children in pain or discomfort.
If your dog ingests it, it can be toxic and possibly life theatening. [If you even suspect that your dog has ingested it, take him/her to the vet immediately] S.ymptoms of salt poisoning, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), include "drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, [and] loss of appetite" in severe cases, leading to seizures, coma and even death.
How can you help to prevent this?
You can make this DIY Paw Balm.
Before you go out for your walk, you just rum the balm on his/her paws. This create a barrier between their paws and any chemicals on the road.
BEFORE BALM AFTER BALM
All you need is:
1/2 cup beeswax chips
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. 100% raw shea butter
10 drops Vitamin E
First you want to fill up a pot about 1/3rd of the way with water. Take a glass jar (I used an empty pasta sauce jar) put the jar in the water. (this creates a double boiler affect) Put the beeswax in the jar and turn it on high heat. Stir the wax until it is completely melted. (use a wooden skewer to stir it or something you are willing to throw away, just like the jar, the wax will be
very difficult to remove)
Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. Turn the heat back on and keep stiring until everything is melted to a liquid.
Take the jar out of the pot and turn off the heat. Add 10 drops of Vitamin E oil.
Pour into a jar or a tin. (I recommend something with a wide mouth so you can put your dogs paw in the jar and rub it in the balm, I used the containers pictured below, one create more of a rub on stick and the other is to put the paw into the tinand rub it that way.)
Let it sit for aproximently one hour or until it has hardened to a solid.
Volia! Everytime before you take your pal out on a walk, just rub the balm on his/her paws to protect their precious paws.
Or you could just make your dog wear boots. It's up to you.
note: our pets love to lick their paws, when you get home from the walk, wash their paws to prevent any chemical ingestion. Ingesting rock salt or chemical de-icing products can have a toxic effect.
and dont let them eat the clumps of snow that may stick to their paws.