Sophie experienced her first snow last week. I've noticed that in addition to eating the snow, she's taken to eating the salt off the sidewalks and in the snow alongside the streets. Does anyone know how bad this might be for her? I live in Minneapolis and everything is covered in salt in the wintertime. I don't think there's any way to prevent her from ingesting at least some salt on a daily basis.
I wouldn't let her do it. I know its caustic on their paws, and I can't say for sure but I think I've read that it can be poisonous. When I bring Oona in I wipe her paws with a washcloth wet with tepid water.
I'm sure eating salt is bad for her.
We use "Musher's Secret" on paws before going out where there's salt or when it's cold enough to form ice balls between toes.
It's available at many places but cheapest (IMO) at KV Vet:
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Road salt and sidewalk salt are rarely NaCl - basic table salt. They can somtimes contain calcium, phosphates, and other chemicals to work better in very cold temps. Please don't let her eat it!