This week we are continuing with our chilly weather theme! Our pets tend to find themselves in more trouble than usual during festive times and especially COLD weather (and we have plenty of that this past week)!
Last week we briefly touched on the hazards of ice melts to our pets. But do you know which ones are the most dangerous, and why? Our pets have a habit of tracking ice melt on their feet and then licking their feet clean; exposing themselves to the ice melt. Check the back of your ice melt label for…
Sodium Chloride: Sodium based salts are very common and very effective. Ingesting small amounts can lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea and large amounts can cause very dangerous salt overdoses.
Potassium Chloride & Magnesium Chloride: Potassium and Magnesium based salts are also very good at their job and can also lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea (maybe bloody) in pets who eat them.
Calcium-based salts: Ice melts involving calcium also fall in the category of causing vomiting and/or diarrhea but can cause chemical burns on skin, especially their feet.
Pet Safe (Urea Based): Pet safe products are typically made from urea and are significantly safer than then those listed above, but can still lead to significant illness when pets eat large amount of them. Beware, urea based ice melts could be very dangerous for livestock such as cattle, sheep, and goats.
Overall, Ice melts are an excellent tool for improving our safety during frigid days like these. Make sure to store your ice melt products (even pet safe labeled one) in sealed containers out of your pets’ reach and keep a hand towel by the door to wipe and dry your pets’ feet when they come in from outside. Stay warm and safe this week!