|Beautiful view from the car traveling through New Mexico|
We drive from Phoenix to NY at least once a year to visit family and friends. We stay for a few months so having our car with us is essential. We've made this road trip many times now, but on the last leg of our road trip home to Phoenix I had a Winter Safety scare with my Siberian Husky, Isis (a.k.a. Icy) that caught me off guard.
|Safety when traveling with our dogs is priority one!|
I had just taken Icy for her morning potty walk when 3 college girls who were traveling came bounding over. They wanted to meet this gorgeous Husky! I was happy to oblige and so was Icy, she loves meeting new people! She has a tendency to flop over to get belly rubs from everyone she meets. No such thing as Stranger Danger for her!
|I did not get any belly rubs in the cold outside, I stayed safe & warm in the room!|
I knew she'd soon start licking her paws and her belly to clean off the ice melt. I was starting to panic, knowing that ice melt products are mostly made of Sodium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, or Magnesium Chloride which can irritate paws and can be harmful to pets if ingested. If a large enough amount is ingested, it can even poison them. Drooling, vomiting or seizures are symptoms to watch out for. If that happens get your pet to a Veterinarian as soon as possible.
When I returned to the room I grabbed a washcloth, wetting it with warm water and a little soap. I wiped down her Icy's paws, belly, and even her back to get the ice melt OFF her body.
Thankfully, I was able to wipe it all off before she licked any of it. Potential crisis averted! Even if you don't live in a cold climate, if you plan to travel into colder climes with your pets beware of ice melt in parking lots, on sidewalks and bags of it that may be stored nearby!
|Beautiful snow covered evergreen trees as we drove through Flagstaff, AZ|
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