Dear Daisy Dog
I know rock salt is hard on dogs’ feet, but I’m not sure what to use in its place. Can you suggest a de-icer for the sidewalks that won’t harm my dogs?
Yes. My family has used a couple of pet-friendly ice melters: Safe Paws and Safe Pet.
Both of these salt-free products are safe for dogs’ paws – and our stomachs.
Once when rock salt irritated my paws and I licked them, I threw up.
On the other hand, when I tasted a bit of Safe Paws sprinkled on our patio, it didn’t bother my stomach a bit.
An added benefit is that most pet-safe products are also safe to use around children.
Furthermore, most won’t harm concrete, asphalt, lawns or gardens – unlike rock salt, which is quite corrosive.
And if we dogs track pet-safe products indoors, they’re unlikely to damage carpets or wood floors.
Safe Paws contains carbonyldiamide and pet-safe glycols in a timed-release formulation. Safe Pet contains urea and propylene glycol.
While rock salt stops working at temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, most pet-safe products remain effective to zero degrees or below.
Better yet, most pet-friendly de-icers leave an invisible film that prevents ice from sticking for a few days after use.
Safe Paws and Safe Pet are available at most pet supply stores and at many hardware and grocery stores.