When you’re walking your dogs in icy weather, a vet has warned to be extra careful due to the problems that winter grit can cause.

As well as keeping your dog warm, it’s also important that you’re mindful of where they’re walking when the gritters have been out. Experts are now concerned that dogs can hurt themselves on the winter grit that’s scattered to banish ice.

On Facebook ICR Veterniary Surgeons wrote, ‘Beware Dog owners. Salt and Sand is being placed on streets and walkways. This can cause irritation and discomfort to Dogs. In bad cases it can cause tissue dehydration and damage.

‘Remember to wash your Dog’s paws with some warm water when coming back from a walk.’

Going for a walk in freezing temperatures can be uncomfortable enough for both owner and dog, so the last thing you want is to have your dog’s paws irritated as a result of winter grit on pavements and roads.

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