Pet-safe and eco-friendly de-icers

Winter storm season can bring snow and ice, and sidewalks need to be tended so that it’s safe to walk. The problem is many de-icers, including magnesium chloride, are not safe for the environment, as they can cause leaching of heavy metals from the soil, bringing them to the surface and into the groundwater. Carbonyl diamide—a.k.a. urea—can release ammonia and nitrates into the water supply.

The best solution is to avoid de-icers and spread sand or, better yet, gravel: They're not neat, and you should sweep up afterward both for reuse and to keep them out of streams, but their environmental impact is minimal. For trouble spots that need de-icer, we've found one, Safe Paw, that is both environmentally sound and pet-safe.

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