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Pet Safe Ice Prevention

Prevent ice on your driveways, sidewalks, and steps by pretreating. It’s better for your pets’ paws, too!

Preventing ice by pre-treating steps PlaySafe

Chloride-based ice-melt granules have a nasty way of corroding metal, spalling concrete, and fouling waterways and soil, not to mention burning pets’ paws or making them sick. To avoid these issues, use an acetate or formate anti-icer instead. Most are liquids applied with pump sprayers (shown above); some are pellets sprinkled from scoops. Apply them before the flakes start to fly, and when snow does fall, the bottom ½-inch layer will turn into slush that’s easy to shovel, sweep, or blow away. Just reapply before the next storm. Here’s how products compare

Pet Safe Ice Prevention

ANTI-ICER INGREDIENTS FORM EFFECTIVE DOWN TO PRICE
ANTI-ICER INGREDIENTS FORM EFFECTIVE DOWN TO PRICE
Happy Paws Calcium magnesium acetate Liquid 20°F $30 per gallon
Green Ice Melt
NAAC Deicer Sodium acetate Pellets 0°F $68 per 25-pound pail
Green Ice Melt
PlaySAFE Potassium acetate/calcium magnesium acetate blend Liquid -15°F $23 per gallon
PlaySAFE
Green Earth Winterizer Potassium acetate Liquid -25°F $30 per gallon
Green Ice Melt
Entry Potassium formate Liquid -30°F $39 per gallon
Secure Winter Products

What’s really pet-safe?

There’s no independent oversight of “pet-safe” claims made on ice-melts, so before you buy, go online and read the product’s material safety data sheet (MSDS). Avoid any with chloride salts, urea (can cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets and burn plant roots), ethylene glycol (deadly to pets if swallowed), and propylene glycol (damages cats’ red blood cells).