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3 Ways In Which Magnesium Chloride Is Hurting You And Your Pet

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During the winter, ice melt is an urgent necessity. It keeps sidewalks clear, cleans and de-ices driveways and parking lots, and makes roadways safe for driving. While ice melt is necessary, not all varieties are suitable for use around dogs. When consumed, some are extremely dangerous, while others irritate the paws, skin, and mucous membranes after exposure.

Is Magnesium Chloride Safe For Pets?

This chloride-based magnesium ice melt works well in cold weather. But when the temperature falls drastically, the melting process slows and may even come to a halt. To put it another way, you’ll have to wait a long time for the salted area to be safe to walk or drive on. In extremely cold weather, waiting will be futile, and it may even be dangerous if you feel the ground is safe but it is still covered in ice and highly slippery. 

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Magnesium chloride is harmful to pets, children, wildlife, and even adults. Many hazardous effects are listed on the Material Safety Data Sheet for magnesium chloride, including:

  • Contact lens irritates and burns the eyes.
  • It causes skin irritation and burns (particularly in the mouth and throat).
  • When consumed, it causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Its dust causes respiratory discomfort.
  • Inhaling or ingesting metal fumes causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, weakness, chest and muscle pain, and an increase in white blood cell count.

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Contact with children has the same less dangerous results as it does with pets: irritation of the skin, eyes, mouth, and throat, as well as stomach discomfort. These dangers also exist for wildlife that is known to eat salt when they come upon it. Finally, skin contact and inhalation of magnesium chloride dust puts the person spreading the salt melt at risk.

Is magnesium chloride safe for pets? The answer is emphatical no. Simply strolling through a salted area exposes pets to all the hazardous effects of chloride. The salt will come into contact with their paws’ skin. It will get in their eyes if they scratch or rub their face. Animals enjoy the taste of salt, and ingesting it will cause disease. Excessive exposure can be lethal. Pets and humans are also affected by the magnesium chloride brine.

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Use ice melt that is safe for the environment, pets, and children and is excellent for concrete. It is free of salt, chlorine, and acetate. If your driveway gets snowed in, make sure to clean it up as soon as possible.

Salt-free, natural ice melt disrupts the molecular structure of ice and snow, preventing water molecules from forming ice crystals. It is made up of a crystalline amide core with glycol. As a result, your concrete will remain safe while melting snow and ice without the need for hazardous chemicals. 

It is non-conductive and non-corrosive, making it a safe ice melt for concrete. Pets and children are unaffected even if consumed. Just a smidgeon of this green marvel will keep you safe.

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Although salt and chloride-based therapies are popular, they aren’t always the safest option. The thawing and freezing processes are unaffected by salt. When abused or mismatched, it can also become a serious environmental pollutant. Hence, it is advisable to use a chloride-free ice melt that is safe for new concrete and all other surfaces.

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