Warning to Pet Owners over Rock Salt

With the return of winter and the inevitable widespread use of rock salt gritting, the RSPCA is warning to check pets’ paws and fur if they have walked through rock salt.  

In winter, rock salt is often used for keeping roads and pathways free of ice and snow. However- this mixture of untreated salt, grit, and toxins can be hazardous for pets who may lick it off their paws or fur.  

The RSPCA said in a statement: “It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen.  

“Ingestion can cause thirst, vomiting, and lethargy. In severe cases, there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.”  

Protect your Pets

To ensure your pet’s safety and comfort after a walk or time outside, thoroughly wipe its feet and fur on the legs and tummy with a cleaning cloth. If Rock Salt exposure is suspected due to discomfort, use mild shampoo designed for pets along with warm water before drying completely.  

When an animal is suspected to have consumed a large amount of rock salt, quick action should be taken. A vet must be consulted right away as the signs can easily go unrecognized – a blood test will help determine the level of toxins that may have been ingested by your pet. Treatment may include rehydration therapy with close monitoring of their vital stats — all done under professional supervision; only vets should induce vomiting if necessary.  

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