Dog days of winter can take a toll on a pup’s paws

12/21/2013 9:00 PM

12/21/2013 9:00 PM

De-icers and salts might keep you on your feet during icy weather, but they can irritate your pets’ feet. Experts recommend washing their paws and cleaning anything stuck between their nail pads after winter walks. Booties, if your dog will tolerate them, are another good idea.

Common salt products rarely cause problems when swallowed in small amounts, and because they taste bad, dogs rarely ingest large amounts, William Bean, emergency room head at MedVet Dayton, told Cox Newspapers. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and other neurological signs. In those instances, Bean says, offer water to the dog, contact a pet poison help line and seek veterinary care.

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