Dec 6, 2010 - Are "pet safe" ice melting products a scam
With names like “Safe Paw,” “Safe-T-Pet” and “Ice Melt for Pets” those alternative products must be safe, right?
However, some of the best-known ice melt products are not safe to use. The “cure” is almost worse than the problem. For example, most traditional ice melt uses some form of rock salt in the mix – magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or potassium chloride. What do these chloride products have in common? They cause some or all the following in people and pets:
Homeowners and pet owners are shouting a collective, “No Thanks!” to these common ice melt products including Driveway Heat, Excel 50, Safe Step 4300 and 6300 and Halite. Even products like Safe Pet and Paw Thaw are suspect when it comes to whether they’re safe for dogs, cats and wildlife.
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The article reports that many veterinarians indicate that just because an ice melt product's label lists it as "pet safe" it's not necessarily true. Some regular ingredients of ice melt are several varieties of salt which are poisonous to dogs who eat it or lick it off their paws. Eating a lot of it can lead to seizures and can be fatal, while licking it off their paws can lead to nausea and vomiting. Dogs often will ingest the substance as the taste is attractive. For dogs who walk on ice-melt treated areas, the damage to their paws can even include bleeding. And even if you use truly pet safe ice melt, be aware that others in your neighborhood may not be, and walking your dogs outside of your property can be hazardous to their health. Be sure to check with your neighbors to see what they use!4. “Pet-friendly” ice melts are available, but they may not be the answer. “Although these types of melts tend to be considered safer, they, too, can lead to problems if the animal has been exposed to enough of the product,” says Martin. If you’ve got ice melts of any kind at home, keep them in sealed, pet-proof containers.One of the drawbacks of pet safe ice melt products is that tend to be less effective in melting ice compared to the regular versions, particularly in colder weather. They also tend to be more expensive.Wintertime brings lots of ice and snow, and that means that people will start using ice melting products to help prevent a slip and fall accident. However, the majority of ice melting products are made with salt, which is harmful to kids, pets and the environment. is an alternative product that keeps your walkways free of ice and still keeps your pets and children safe from harm.