Avoid ice melts that contain sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, or ethylene glycol. These chemicals can be toxic to pets if ingested.
Look for pet-safe ice melts that are made from natural ingredients, such as urea, magnesium chloride, or calcium magnesium acetate.
Use ice melts sparingly and only in areas where necessary. If you have pets, avoid using ice melts on your driveway or sidewalk, where your pet is most likely to walk.
This page attachment contains additional tips for choosing a pet-safe ice melt, such as how to apply ice melt safely and how to clean your pet's paws after they walk on icy surfaces.
Even if you are using a pet-safe ice melt, it's important to monitor your pet closely when they are outside in the winter. If you notice any signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Winter can be a fun time for pets and their owners alike. By taking steps to keep your pet safe, you can enjoy the winter season together.
By following these tips, you can help your pet stay safe during the winter months.