SnowTHE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL, ALREADY.

Snow came early this year for many US residents. We’ve had more than a foot already, in October! We shored up the roof’s heat cable, pulled out the snow shovels and we’re still working on getting the snow blower going, but the easiest task is stocking up on ice melt.

(And 5 lucky giveaway winners can too. See below!)

THINKING SAFETY WITH SAFE PAW

There’s a safe product we’ve been using for several years now, sparing us salty dogs. It’s called Safe Paw and it’s been a safe ice-melt bet since 1996. Have you heard of it? Did you even know it mattered? If not, you aren’t alone. According to Safe Paw:

A national survey of more than 500 consumers living in cold weather states showed that an alarming nearly two-thirds of the respondents (62% total; 66% of men) were not aware that salt and salt-based ice melting products pose a health danger to pets and children who digest or come into contact with these products. The survey also revealed that 60% of the respondents said they use rock salt or salt-based ice melters in their households.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH TRADITIONAL SALT?

Salt and its residue is a corrosive compound that can damage the tender flesh between your pets’ toes, not to mention lawns and plants. It can contaminate well water and water supplies too. Even brick pavers, stones, asphalt, concrete and wood decking aren’t safe from severe damage and permanent discoloration. When tracked across rugs, carpets, and wood floors, it not only damages these items too, but it pesters your pets and children inside as well.

WHAT MAKES SAFE PAW BETTER?

Safe Paw not only makes your walkways walkable, it is pet and child safe and environmentally sound. According to Safe Paw’s FAQ:

Safe-PawSafe Paw works just as good or even better than salt or salt-based products. In fact, Safe Paw begins working immediately to penetrate ice while other ice melters work very slowly. Moreover, most salt-based products melt ice only down to 24 degrees, while Safe Paw works up to 2 degrees below zero. Safe Paw also leaves an invisible protective shield that prevents ice from sticking to the surface for up to three days. This makes shoveling easier and saves work.

Learn more about how it works at safepaw.com.

THIRD PARTY SEALS OF APPROVAL

Don’t just take my word for this blue-green gold, or my dogs’, or even Safe Paws’. Safe Paw is the only established national brand of pet and child safe ice melter to receive the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval and is recommended and used by most veterinarians throughout the U.S.. Safe Paw was honored in the 2011 “Whole Green Earth Catalogue” and has been awarded the “Green Seal” by the Parents Advisory Council too.

Steven Greenwald, founder of Safe Paw, explains:

In 1994, the buzz word became environmental safety. Customers began asking us for an ice melter that was not only environmentally safe, but guaranteed to be safe around children and pets at the same time. Although Safe Paw is used around the home and in the pet market, it’s also used by cruise ships, the U.S. government in the National Complex in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey and Chicago Transit systems, Helipads and many dog parks and zoos throughout the U.S.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND SAFE PAW?

Safe Paw is sold at most major pet stores including PetSmart and at many online stores, grocery shops and national retail chains including Costco. (Don’t be fooled by imitation brands.) Price varies by retail outlet. Cost is generally $14.95 – $19.95 for the 8 lb jug and $50 to $60 for the 35 lb pail. But wait…

Safe Paw

FIVE TO WIN FREE SAFE PAW SAMPLES!

Giveaway!US residents: Leave a comment on this post stating why Safe Paw would be great for your pet. Do so before 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday, November 20, 2011 and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a sample of Safe Paw.

I’ll announce 5 winners on Monday, November 21st, in the comments section of this post. (Make sure I can reach you via your profile somehow, in case you miss the announcement.)

Best of luck to you all!
I look forward to your comments!