Most dogs love to play outdoors during the winter, but road salt can be dangerous for your four-legged friends.
 
Road salt can lead to vomiting and diarrhea in dogs when ingested, or cracked and painful paws after a walk, if owners are not careful.
 
"There are many products on the market to protect paws, but the simplest way is just to keep them clean and condition them when needed," said Jenn Marthinsen of Pet Valu.
 
If pets frequently walk on areas where salt is in use, it is important to pay attention to how often the animal licks its feet.
 
Licking can be an indicator of sore paws and can lead to the ingestion of enough salt to make the animal sick.
 
One way owners can combat this is to wash their dog's paws after a walk.
 
To moisturize paws, owners can use petroleum jelly or coconut oil. Coconut oil serves a dual purpose, as it is also healthy for dogs when ingested.
 
There are also numerous products available specifically for the purpose of conditioning paws.

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