Ice melt products can be toxic if swallowed by pets and cause extreme irritation to dog’s paws. Current products available vary widely in safety of use.
Tina Wismer of Aspca Animal Poison Control Center recommends a urea based product.
1. Safe Paw Ice Melter from Gaia Enterprises was an early entrant.
2. Safe-T Pet from Morton salt came on the scene in 2010.
In looking at ice melts one must take into consideration the ingredients, certain products use urea and salt which could be toxic.
Pet friendly salts are more expensive than standard rock salt, and may not be as effective at low temperatures.
Best prevention is to cover your dogs paws with booties and wipe them off with a cloth as soon as you arrive home.