I noticed before after hubby putting out this salt to melt the ice off the side walks that bentley would hobble funny and act like his feet hurt so i assumed it was the salt and we didnt use that kind anymore and bought this liquid ice melt that said safe for pets- its like a blue water stuff you spray on the ice- well it doesnt work worth a crap- so today after very bad ice build up i go out ( keep the dogs inside) and put the salt melt ( the bad one) and it melted all the ice and it was like 3 inch thick- So after a few hours and knowing the dogs have to go out i went out with my broom and broomed if all off the side walks and got the shovel and scraped it all off the sidewalks and tossed it where they couldnt get to it- Bentley was fine coming down the stairs and i always take them to the side of the garage which i always shovel paths and big areas so they arent baried in snow- they played awhile and then bentley goes to get back up to the porch walking on the side walk he starts yelping like he was just shot or something and could barly walk- of coarse i assumed it was the salt even tho i thought it got it all off- well the most part- so i ran over and picked him up and ran him in the house and got a kitchen rag and got it wet and cleaned his feet off- Daisy is going crazy barking because hes yelping and crying which ive never heard him do before, broke my heart that it was caused by me- but i have a question, why does this burn ( i assume sting or something thats painful) their feet? he doesnt have any sores or anything- and why can Daisy walk all over and sit and play in that same area and it doesnt bother her at all and never has- but bentley it bothers where he cant even walk if he gets salt on his feet? i assume its like getting salt in a cut but he doenst have any cuts, So now i wont be taking them out the front door which really upsets me because with potty training i read that you are to use to the same door each and every time so this is going to confused daisy- but for their safty i will take them out the garage and threw the garage door which bi passes the salty side walk but im sure he will run to get back in the house on the same salty side walk how can i get that off the side walk? surly water would do the trick but then would freeze right back up and it was very slippery for them on the steps i was worried about them slipping so this is why i put the salt out thinking i could just sweep it all off and its bare sidewalk now- but the blue spray ice remover dont work at all the one that is safe for dogs- is it antifreeze i wonder it looks like it- but then it wouldnt be safe for dogs would it. duhh
but why bentley and not daisy? their hair of their feet is about the same length- about the same weight so it isnt bentley is heavier and having more pressure to get the salt in his paws- any one know of ice remover that is safe for pets that works? guess i wont be using this stuff again-boy it was very scary- all over salt?? can anyone tell me why it bothers one dog and not the other? thanks theresa
im pretty sure no cuts, and this has been on and off since we got snow- when we first got snow what in october-novemeber i didnt know that this salt would hurt them so i used it and the same thing happened - he acted like he couldnt walk and asked i think on this forum about the salt- and found one thats pet friendly and now were months later and it happens again but worse time so i dont think its a cut thats 3-4 months old- this salt really burns his feet but not daisys- this is what i find werid- yes i told hubby that we need to get bentley some boots because his feet do get cold fast it seems where daisy can play for a hour out in the deep snow and it doesnt bother her but bentley will wimper because his feet get cold- maybe he has senstive feet? of coarse they are differt breeds of dogs maybe that has something to do with it? bentley is bichon frise and toy poodle and daisy is a maltese and bichon frise- maybe maltese have stronger pads on their feet then poodles? they both are 1/2 bichon frise- i just would like to know why this does this to his poor paws?
From my experience it does depend on the dog. I had a Rot who would stop every few steps to have me warm her feet with my hands during our winter walks. If she got ice in them I would have to melt it away before she would start walking again.
I had a breaking point one winter. She decided it was to cold to walk in the snow, we were only 5 feet from the door, she lay down and rolled on her back with all four feet in the air. After trying to get her moving with out a result I warmed her feet as usual and took her back inside.
I went out and bought her a set of booties. It looked funny to see a Rottweiler with booties on. But her feet stayed snow free and my hands were not wet and cold after walks. She loved her booties and would walk funny the first few days but after that she would hold her paws up when it was time to go for a walk to have them put on.
God I miss that dog. She could light up a room just by being in it.
My dogs have the same problem with salt here. I have bought 3 different kinds of boots trying to find one that actually stays on. Whereas Muttluks are good boots for bigger dogs they are a nightmare to put on little dog feet, especially if they have longer fur on their legs. The size that fit Maggie were roughly the size of a glove finger. Trying to fit her foot into that while slidding my finger beside her foot to prevent her dewclaws from getting caught was a two person job. We take a 2.5 mile walk every night and still she would manage to blow one or two of her muttluks during the walk. I finally found dog boots that stay on. I bought them for both Maggie and Katie. That's 8 boots. 2.5 mile walk every night..not ONE boot has come off ever. These things are amazing and soooo easy to get on! These are the boots that the police dogs wear here as well. Excellent product. The website is www.neo-paws.com