As the frigid depth of winter approaches, everyone makes last minute trips to the store for necessities to survive Ohio winters: ice scrapers, salt, and sun screen (for the intermittent brief days of spring weather).
For many Ohioans, this can be a quick trip to a convenient store. If you have to deal with a dog, however, you have more responsibility to ensure its safety. Normal salt mixtures contain chemicals that are not only harmful to your dogs, but also corrosive to the surface beneath. The main ingredient in most of these products is either sodium chloride or calcium chloride which, when ingested, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Luckily, there are now many options for pet-safe ice melt that will provide plenty of traction on the driveway while remaining safe for your dog or any wandering mutt that may happen across it.
A few available brands of pet-safe ice melt are Happy Paws, Safe Paw, and Morton Safe-T-Pet. Every type of pet-safe ice melt we used at Acme did the job just as well as its more hazardous cousins and gave us more peace of mind. Also, many brands that advertise as eco-friendly often may also be pet-friendly, but it is important to still read the ingredients to be sure.
In addition to using a pet-safe ice melt, we feel it is still a good practice to wipe or wash your dog’s paws after walking outside. Acme Canine follows through with this with all the dogs that are in our care. You can’t be too careful.