Having someone slip on your icy sidewalk is a host’s worst nightmare, but before you run to the store to stock up on snow salt, there’s something else to consider: your pet’s stomach.
Salt-based (sodium-chloride) ice-melt looks like a sweet treat to curious pets, but it can burn their mouths, lead to kidney problems and even death if it’s ingested. Plus, they can get sick from simply licking their paws after being outside!
If you have a pet (or live in a neighborhood with a lot of pets), it’s a good idea to buy pet-friendly ice melt for your walkway. When you’re shopping, read the warning label on the bags. Most of them will specify whether they’re safe for pets. Bonus: Pet-friendly generally means eco-friendly, too!
One of the safest (and most popular) pet-friendly de-icers is Safe Paw, which can be found at most pet stores for around $20/8 lbs. If you don’t want to spring for Safe Paw, at least try to avoid salt mixtures that are primarily composed of sodium chloride – the salt residues these mixtures leave behind are the most toxic to pets and plants.