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Pet Safe Ice Melt: Are They Really Safe?

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Ice melt, which keeps you safe in cold weather, may harm dogs and cats who come into contact with it. Ice melting products allow you to walk safely to your car while negotiating icy, slippery surfaces. Unfortunately, the same ice melt can cause health issues in dogs, and if you’re not careful, it can even result in death.

Why Are Ice Melt Products Dangerous For Pets?

Ice melts can cause two types of harm to your pet:

1. Skin Irritation

Since they have come into direct contact with the ice and thus the ice melts, your dog’s paws usually show signs of skin irritation. The mucous membranes in your dog’s eyes and nose may also be irritated by these products.

2. Digestive Problems

When dogs or cats eat ice melt products that contain toxic chemicals, they develop digestive problems. In severe cases, a pet may need to be hospitalized or even die.

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Which Chemicals Should You Be Aware Of?

There is no universally agreed-upon standard for pet-safe ice melt; it’s critical to know what’s in it. These chemicals should be avoided in products:

  • Sodium chloride is just a regular salt. It can kill dogs in larger doses. Smaller doses may cause nausea and diarrhea.

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  • Calcium chloride is harsh on paws and, if consumed, can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Magnesium chloride can upset your stomach. It’s hazardous for dogs who have kidney issues.
  • Potassium chloride can cause hemorrhagic vomiting or diarrhea in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
  • Ethylene glycol is highly toxic to cats and dogs because it contains the same active ingredient as antifreeze.

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What Chemicals To Look For? 

These chemicals are used in the following products, which are safe pet ice melter ingredients:

  • Propylene glycol is similar to ethylene glycol but is safer. When this ingredient is used to melt ice, it can harm a cat’s red blood cells.
  • Urea, a biodegradable substance derived from living organisms, is generally considered safe for pets.

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What Kind Of Ice Melt Is Pet-Friendly?

No de-icer is entirely safe for your pet because most ice-melting products contain some form of salt. As a result, choose safe pet ice melter ingredients. Urea, which is already produced by your dog’s body, is less harmful than other options; you might select a urea-based ice melt product. Aside from urea-based ice melts, propylene glycol and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)-based ice melts are relatively safe for dogs. They are less likely to cause skin irritation than other options.

Though no ice melt is entirely safe for all pets, if you must use one, look for SafePaw pet-safe ice melts and always supervise your pet outside to ensure they don’t come into contact with or ingest anything harmful.

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Wrapping up!

Use a smaller amount of ice melting products. Limit the amount of ice melt you use, regardless of which product you buy. For safety’s sake, it’s best to put down just enough.

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