Burns From Street Abrasives

Brûlure par les abrasifs de rue


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Street abrasives are chemical compounds containing sand, salt products and other melting derivatives. While they can be useful for vehicles on public roads and pedestrians walking on sidewalks, they can cause problems for our pets.

The Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien, in the heart of Montreal in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, informs you today about the effects of abrasives on your dogs.

How Do Abrasives Affect Your Pets?

First of all, keep in mind that street abrasives can cause inflammation of the skin upon direct contact. A burning sensation will be felt by your dogs. They will try to lick themselves or will refuse to go any further, preferring to branch off into terrain covered with snow.

Moreover, be aware that the abrasives used to de-ice sidewalks are often filled with chemicals that can be harmful to your doggie. They can damage your dogs’ paws and they might be reluctant to go for walks on city sidewalks.


They are simple because the primary goal is to avoid skin contact. Therefore, boots with insulation are ideal. However, you must find the right size with a fastening system that prevents losing them. If the boots are soggy when you get home, it is important to clean the legs with warm water and wipe them dry afterwards.

Comment les abrasifs affectent-ils vos animaux de compagnie

Thus, when you return from your walk with your doggie, get into the habit of checking your dogs’ paw pads. It is also recommended to clean these areas to remove snow and any trace of remaining abrasives. As you now know, these abrasive products on our sidewalks are very irritating to your dogs’ paw pads.

There are also rubber protectors commonly known as “balloons.” These are good alternatives, but they tighten the paws more and will have to be removed quickly upon arrival at home. Since they are not insulated, you should limit walking in very cold weather with them.


Speaking of very cold weather, it is also important to know that frostbite will mainly affect the extremities. Thus, the legs, ears and tail are the areas most at risk.
If the mercury fluctuates below 0°C and your pet seems uncomfortable when it arrives home after a long trip outside, it could be suffering from frostbite.

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It is important not to massage or rub the affected areas and instead soak them in warm water. Ideally, you should quickly consult your veterinarian, especially if its general condition is also altered.

Treatments at the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien will aim to stabilize your pet’s general state, especially if hypothermia is present. Analgesics will be necessary to control the pain and sometimes antibiotics too if deeper frostbite is present.

All in all, abrasives and frostbite remain two common issues during the winter months. Taking care of your pet also means observing your dog after a long walk and taking the time to clean its pads well.

When Winter Sets in, Trust the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien!

For more than 20 years, the veterinarians at Clinique Beaubien in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough have been treating dogs and cats with great professionalism. They are passionate about animal health and take the time to observe, ask questions, diagnose and prescribe what is best for your pet.

At the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien, you are important to us and every patient receives all the attention he or she deserves. Because we like to get to the bottom of things, you will walk away with the right answers and the appropriate treatment for your animal. Don’t hesitate any longer, put your trust in an experienced team: the team at Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien in the heart of Montreal.



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