3. Be mindful of salt- and ice-melting chemicals.
Salt and ice melt, and other road chemicals are the other main winter problems your dog can face, Verdino says.
“It’s almost impossible to avoid them in public places—so when you come home I recommend you rinse their paws or wipe them off with a baby wipe to remove those chemicals,” Verdino says. “You’re doing this for two reasons. First, products will irritate the paw itself. Second, dogs lick things, so they’re likely to try to lick that off their paws, only to then accidentally ingest those chemicals, which can also be harmful.”
One simple solution: Only put down pet-safe ice melts or salt. ECOS™ Ice Melt is made with a mineral-based powder, so it’s safer if your puppy gets it on his paws ($11.00 for 6lbs, 8oz; Ecos.com). You can also try Safe Paw Non-Toxic Ice Melter Pet Safe ($21.78 for 8lbs, 3oz; Amazon.com).Back to top