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Snow-Melting Agents May Harm Pets’ Paws - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Snow-Melting Agents May Harm Pets’ Paws

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With a big snow storm in the forecast, you know crews will be salting roads and sidewalks, but you may not know that Ice Melt can hurt your pets.

Area veterinarians want to remind pet owners to wipe down their pets' paws after coming inside. The salt and Ice Melt chemicals can stick to their feet and cause the pads on their paws to burn and become irritated.

"If it's a little guy and you can actually take them up to your sink and use a little sprayer and spray the material off, the key is getting volume of water on the feet so you can clean them up,” said Dr. Michael Rose at Monticello Animal Hospital.

For bigger breeds, he suggests using a warm, damp cloth to wipe away chemicals.

Besides burning the feet, Rose says some dogs may get sick from licking off the chemicals if they are not washed.

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