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Choosing a salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by somervillesnow, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. somervillesnow

    somervillesnow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    What product is safe for customer's property and pets? Should those be 2 different products? How about Magic Salt?

    Regardless of the product chosen, what rules do I follow to avoid damaging customer's property. Never salt on concrete that is less than 3 years old?

    Any recommendations of where to buy near Boston? I've found this place so far: http://www.northeastnursery.com/files/icemeltpricing.pdf

    I've been buying 5 gallon salt buckets from Home Depot and 4 gallon pet friendly buckets from Amazon for the customers that require that. The cost of the pet friendly stuff is insane and regarding Home Depot stuff as I move from 4 houses 2 years ago to 12 last year and maybe more this winter it is time to get professional, though I don't know what difference I'll experience in products.
  2. Schoenberg Salt

    Schoenberg Salt Member
    Messages: 83

  3. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Pet Friendly

    Here's a nice article

    Watch Out for Your Pup's Paws! Ice Melt Can Injure Dogs
    By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    Dec 28, 2011; 3:00 AM ETMore Sharing ServicesShare | Share on facebookShare on myspaceShare on googleShare on twitter.
    Winter dog walk photo courtesy of Photos.com.

    Ice melt, or salt, that is commonly used to clear ice from sidewalks and other icy surfaces can be harmful to pets.

    The main ingredient in most ice melt products is either sodium chloride or calcium chloride. Both sodium and calcium chloride can irritate a dog's paws or be harmful to the animal if ingested.

    A dog's paws should be cleaned after walking outside on snowy days. Even if you don't see the ice melt, it may still be on surfaces. A dog that licks its feet after coming inside could experience vomiting or diarrhea.

    To keep your dog from ingesting large amounts of ice melt products, keep him from eating snow or drinking from puddles.

    A dog that ingests 4g (less than 1 oz.) of sodium chloride per 1kg (2.3 lbs.) of body weight could die. That would mean a dog that weighs only 4 lbs. would only need to eat about 2 ounces of ice melt containing sodium chloride before resulting in death.

    When using ice-melting products around your pet, consider using non-toxic brands, such as Safe Paws or Morton Safe-T-Pet. These products do not contain salt or chloride.

    Another alternative for pet owners are dog socks or boots. Simply put the socks or boots on your dog's paws before going out. The dog's paws will be protected from any salt that is on the sidewalks. Most dog socks and boots can be machine-washed after use.

    Most people will have to use some sort of ice-melting product this winter. As a pet owner, it is not difficult to protect your animals. Use a non-toxic ice melt product, clean your dogs paws or use dog socks or boots this winter.