The reagent saves us from icing, but it also has a downside – especially for dogs. How is the reagent dangerous and how to protect a pet from it?
Walking with your dog in the winter season, you are almost guaranteed to meet a reagent. Of course, it will protect you from falls on the ice, but, unfortunately, it can also cause health problems. If we step on the reagent with the thick soles of winter boots, the dogs come into contact with it with their paw pads. Why is it dangerous?
The substances that make up the reagent irritate the skin. With prolonged and frequent contact, the reagent corrodes the skin, injures the paw pads, and causes pain and discomfort to the dog when walking.
In many cases, contact with the reagent causes dermatitis in dogs, and bacterial infections join them. All this is accompanied by pain and itching. And worst of all, the dog begins to lick its paws – and the regent also enters its digestive tract.
The dog may accidentally inhale or lick off the reagent. In the first case, a strong allergic reaction occurs, in the second – poisoning. The more reagent enters the body, the stronger the reaction will be.
How to protect your dog’s paws from the reagent?
Reagent reaction types:
- Inflammation of the skin on the paws, redness, cracks, ulcers
- Sharp swelling of the mucous membranes, swelling of the muzzle
- Discharge from the nose and eyes, increased salivation
- Vomiting, apathy, refusal to eat, diarrhea, etc.
And there is another danger. By licking its paws, a dog can pick up worms and viral infections. So much for the consequences of fighting ice!
How to protect a dog from reagents?
- Every time after a walk, be sure to wash your dog’s paws and belly. To remove all harmful substances from the skin, it is better to use a special shampoo from the pet store, and not just water.
- Choose your dog’s walking area carefully. Try to avoid areas that are being treated with reagent.
- If the dog has walked over the reagent, take him out into clean snow to clear his paws.
- For dogs with sensitive skin and a tendency to allergic reactions, it is better to purchase special shoes.
- Treat the dog’s paws with special wax before walking. It will serve as a protective barrier between the skin and harmful substances and will protect the skin from dryness and cracks.
How to protect paws from reagents?
If you notice dermatitis, an allergic reaction, or a digestive upset in your dog, see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Skin diseases are easier to eliminate at the initial stages. And reactions such as mucosal edema and vomiting speak of a threat to life. Unfortunately, symptoms can develop very quickly and the consequences can be very serious.
In order to provide your pet with effective assistance in a timely manner, always keep the contacts of a specialist and, just in case, a 24-hour veterinary clinic is close at hand. We hope these recommendations will not be useful to you but forewarned means forearmed.
Mild winter and good health to your pets!