ATTENTION ATTENTION! This is a public service announcement for cat and dog owners! Britain has been under siege by the terrible storm ‘Beast of the East’, spawning myriads of transportation issues and becoming an ever-increasing risk to life. Now, however, it’s impacting our animals, and it’s about time we got serious about things!
As Unilad reports, the ice-prevention mixture of rock and salt scattered all over our streets turns out to be very bad for dogs and cats.
The grit contains chemicals that can stop the formation of ice crystals, but the very same chemicals are also corrosive to animals’ paws.
Needless to say, the gentle, soft tissue on the paws of cats and dogs is exposed to this grit which can cause damage. Your cat and dog risk getting their paws all raw and painful.
This photo below has been circulating online along with a word of warning about the grit. It actually shows a dog’s paw burned by the hot asphalt during summer, but the results from the grit look similar.
Here’s the message in full:
A spokesperson from the RSPCA reached out to Unilad, confirming the suspicions:
“Grit may cause pain or irritation in your pets paws, especially if it becomes compacted with snow. The salt content in grit can also make it hazardous to pets if they ingest it. If ingested it can cause vomiting and lethargy and in severe cases there’s also a risk of kidney damage. Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their paws as it can cause irritation.”
The ice-combating mixture strewn on our roads is actually made up of grit, rock salt and salt (sodium chloride). Rock salt has an effect of lowering the freezing point of water, preventing ice from forming.
You can learn more on this topic from our documentary dedicated to the treatment of homeless dogs:
The RSPCA representative added:
“It’s best to wash your dog’s paws in warm water and dry them thoroughly after a walk in the snow. This removes any compacted snow and prevents salt from gritted snow irritating their paws. It’s also best to wash their tummy and undercarriage of any snow too to prevent them from being able to lick and ingest any rock salt.”
“If you suspect your pet may have ingested rock salt contact your vet immediately and follow their advice. Wherever possible avoid walking dogs in areas where the snow has been gritted and always thoroughly wash paws following a walk,” they concluded.
Keep your pets safe, people! Nobody’s safe from ‘The Beast of the East’!
The latest forecasts by the Met Office predict a snowfall of up to 50cm by tomorrow, impacting both England and Scotland.