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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.1 - Posts: 5313)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 2:08 AM

NEED ADVICE

I have a glare of ice outside my back door and probably will have before the week's end outside my front door. I picked up a bag of melting salt and then read the instructions. Dangerous to children, don't let them handle it, etc. So, won't that be dangerous for my dogs to be walking through that melting stuff too?

Is there something I can use (besides clay kitty litter) that will thaw the ice and keep me safe and will also be safe for my dogs to walk in?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 2:31 AM

I've read about a product called "safe paw" which is supposed to be non-toxic. I always used regular though, and my dogs lived to be 13 and 15..

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 2:37 AM

Just plain sand Be fine swept onto the lawn or garden later.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21596)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 1:09 PM

I too have heard that sand was both effective and safe. I personally never was "in charge" of getting rid of ice on my drive or walks when my 2 sons reached the age that I could lay that responsibility on them-sure they considered it child abuse or teen abuse or son abuse or anything similar in the abuse category- Linda

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.1 - Posts: 5313)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 1:19 PM

Thanks - I have some sand in my driveway, so I'll try to just move some of it. Sand should vaccuum up quite easily without any leftover residue (like clay cat litter). I'll also look for safe paw product.



tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.8 - Posts: 3777)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 1:25 PM

Sand a a little mild, all-purpose garden fertilizer.


lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 2:03 PM

There is a new product in Canada called EcoTraction - also can be found in garden centres as Zeolite, Vermiculite and Perlite .. also, Google "Schundler's Anti-Skid"

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 3:04 PM

Hot water?

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21596)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 3:14 PM

Geez, David. Pat is as old as I am-just what she needs water in any form on ice!! Linda

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 3:35 PM

Sorry

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21596)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 4:13 PM

I certainly forgive you, David, as there is nary a sign of ice in Central Florida. Whether Pat will if she tried your suggestion is a whole different story!! LOL Linda

ehodgson
Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Tue, 23rd Dec '08 4:28 PM

If what you bought was ordinary ice melting salt , it is only sodium chloride...table salt.

It is no more dangerous for your dog's feet than walking through salt water at the ocean.

ed


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