Winter is upon us and that means cold weather and snow in most parts of the US. Snow also means that the city will be spreading salt onto the roads and people will be buying it to spread on their driveways and sidewalks, but does this harm pets? Salt exposure can cause dog’s severe dermatitis, swelling of the paws and major issues with the stomach. The stomach issues can include vomiting and internal burns in the mouth and digestive tract. The problem lies in the salt products are spread onto the surface of the snow and when dogs are outside they can eat or lick the snow or the salt products can stick to their fur and when they re-enter the home they can lick it off causing the stomach issues. Salt can discolor sidewalks, damage lawns, and contaminate water from an underground well. When tracked inside it can damage rugs and wood floors.
Safe Paw was developed in 1996 to satisfy customers for a true environmentally safe product to melt ice that is safe around children and pets. This product is not only used by consumers for their home but also by cruise ships and businesses like the US government in the National Complex in Washington, DC, the New Jersey and Chicago Transit systems, Helipads and many dog parks and zoos throughout the US. There are over two million products sold each year. That alone tells you this products is not only popular but it works. People would not continuously buy a product if it did not work and was not safe. Safe Paw is bought in hardware stores, veterinarian offices, pet supply stores and even grocery stores in cold weather states. If you are not in a cold weather state but still have the need during unexpected snow storms you can still purchase. Check out the store locator to help or contact them for an online solution. General pricing can vary from about $15-$20 for an 8lb jug or $50-$60 for the 35lb pail. Other products may claim to be just like Safe Paw and possess the same formula, but in fact Safe Paw has a patent for their product to be different that any other product on the market.
Safe Paw is a non-corrosive product that provides a two-way timed-released action to melt ice. The liquid component starts melting immediately, which then allows the crystal-core to get within and destabilize the ice to speed up the melting process. This product does not heat up as salt can when the temperature rises. Salt can reach temperatures as high as 175 degrees. Safe Paw utilizes the sun for a solar effect to provide extra melting power during daylight hours. Safe Paw also provides a protective coating on the surface to prevent ice from sticking for up to three days. This can really save some shoveling time and give more time to play with your dog. Another good point for pet owners is that Safe Paw was awarded the “Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval”, the “Whole Green Earth Catalouge” in 2011 and awarded the “Green Seal” by the Parents Advisory Council.
Steven Greenwald, owner of Gaia Enterprises Inc., and creator of Safe Paw said, “With reports about the environmental damage caused by salt, we feel strongly that Safe Paw’s salt-free formula benefits our communities. We were delighted when the 2010 Vancouver Olympics requested Safe Paw as the official ice melter for all of the Olympic venues, due to our reputation for providing an environmentally safe product.” Greenwald spent 50 years in the field of chemical engineering and developed a passion for helping animals when he found how harmful common household items were to animals. Steven Vernik, Director of Operations and creator of Safe Paw with his step-father Greenwald, is proud of the labor story behind Safe Paw products. The manufacturing facility employs 150 developmentally disabled people through the Shadowfax Corporation.
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