Safe Paw Melts Ice: No Harm to Kids and Pets


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!)


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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!


  1. CarenOsrinGittleman says:

    we are thrilled to hear that you like this product. We are going to be reviewing it ourselves (we are going to use it at our condo and hopefully it will snow by then!)

    Your endorsement/review was fabulous and if you love it we are sure we will love it too!

    You don’t have to enter us in the give-away since we will be reviewing it too! 🙂

    • @CarenOsrinGittleman As you know, Caren, I can’t justify promoting things I don’t believe in. I actually refused the Safe Paw sample because I already use and trust it.

      The first year I used Safe Paw, my husband was coming home late from work in a snow storm. I hurried to melt the walk since it was so treacherous. I was surprised at how quickly this worked. I don’t usually pay attention because time is rarely of the essence, but the path was clear within a half hour. It felt like Safe Paw reacted faster than I expected salt to perform. It’s just a feeling I had, but I was sold.

      Hope you find it as helpful as I do!

      • CarenOsrinGittleman says:

        @Kim Clune Hi Kim! I know and I have the utmost respect for you! We always become leery at first with certain products that we don’t know anything about (except I love the gentleman who I have worked with that contacted me and I am sure you do too!). Once I saw it on your website I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief! We are in a condo complex and they sadly use salt….I am going to use this as soon as it snows and then if it works I am going to call the Head of Maintenance and tell him about it. Thank you!! If we don’t communicate before then, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

  2. There is nothing like Safe Paw. This is a great article. It is important to read warning labels before you buy anything you put around your pets or children. Safe Paw is completely SAFE, Even if ingested.

    • @SafePaw Aside from safety for our pets, I love that I’ve been using it on our front walk, which is lined with hostas and shrubs. They thrive! When we used salt in the past, Spring was a slow start and growth was stunted. In my mind, that’s hands-on proof of safety.

  3. bichonpawz says:

    I Love Safe Paw and use it every single Winter!!! I would never EVER want the salt to damage my girlz’ paws!!! I think the regular salt would actually hurt their little feet! Thanks Safe Paw for coming out with a product that is GREAT for our pets!! bichonpawz

    • @bichonpawzbichonpawz Congratulations! You are a winner! Please email me your address ( so we can get your SafePaw sample mailed. 🙂

  4. bichonpawz says:

    I Tweeted about SAFEPAW! Love it!!!

  5. bichonpawz says:

    I shared on Facebook!!! SAFEPAW is GREAT!!!

  6. bichonpawz says:

    I shared on LinkedIn!!

  7. bichonpawz says:

    I shared on StumbleUpon!

  8. I have two springer puppies and don’t want their paws to get hurt by the dangerous salt products that are on the market.

  9. I have two springer pups that I want to keep safe during the cold months. Anything that can help me accomplish that, I’m all for it.

  10. We at Safe Paw are so flattered by this article and the comments. We are besides ourselves. We are a small company doing big things and to hear such great things about our product is incredible. Safe Paw is really an amazing product. Please join our facebook page and like us. We will be having a major contest soon with some outstanding prizes, so keep your eyes open for that. We want to thank you all for the wonderful things you have said. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We are also looking for people to give testimonials about Safe Paw. If you would be willing to do that, let us know.
    Now there is something that has been making us sad lately… there are other products on the market that claim to be friendly and “SAFER”. The problem is that they are only a little better than rock salt. It is clear from the warning labels on the back the dangers that these products have. We are trying to get customers to understand that cheaper products are not really safe. Safew Paw is as good as it gets, patented, and can’t be duplicated. Don’t believe them when they say it is the same. We could use help in spreading the word. These companies have tons of money put into marketing that we don’t. They are trying to deceive customers to make money off them. They rely on the lack of education of customers.

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