Here in the north (upper New York State) we are getting snowed in. Two weeks ago, Buffalo, NY got more snow in a weekend than they would have the entire season! When winter arrives up here, it comes with a vengeance.
Keeping the dogs safe while outside is incredible important, not only protecting them from the cold of the snow with boots for their walks, but also from slips and from the dryness that salt on their pads causes.
This year I’m trying something new: Road Runner Pet-Friendly Ice Melt. Okay, that sounds like a commercial, but i’m not selling it, and I don’t make any money if you buy it from Lowe’s using that link.
It is great to sprinkle on the deck to keep the snow buildup down, and to ensure they keep a good grip. Be warned, it is not recommended for use on wood, as it could cause divots.
The old dog has some problems with his sight which causes some instability on his feet. With the sealant on the deck, and the snow/slush/ice it can cause him problems on the steps.
This, or any pet-safe ice melt, is important to keep their sensitive pads hydrated. The chemicals in this won’t suck the moisture out of their feet and cause cracking and irritation.
The third thing to watch out for is the pellet size. I have a different brand that is safe for pets but has a very large granular size, the biggest pieces are about the size of a pea. It works great and does the job, but sometimes it gets stuck between toes. That makes for a funny show as they dance with one leg in the air, but I’m sure is terribly uncomfortable.
The containers they come in are ugly. Flimsy plastic bags, or brightly colored jugs with shaker lids. SunCast makes this great resin box in a 22-gallon size that is perfect for storing a selection of seasonal things outside, and in an aesthetically pleasing manner.