Pet Safe Ice Melt

Did you know that many of the products used to melt ice on sidewalks and steps can be harmful to pets, as well as small children and the environment?

Many de-icers are made with harmful salts. Rock salt and other salt-based ice melters contain sodium chloride or potassium chloride which can heat up to 175 degrees when exposed to water, ice, and low temperatures. Exposure to these salt-based ice melters can can be especially dangerous to dogs. The salts get frozen into the dogs paws and fur. When they are inside with higher temperatures, these salts can burn the skin causing ulcers and redness to tissue which can lead to bacterial infections. Dogs can also develop intestinal problems and inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) from licking the salt-based products off their paws.

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PetravelR™ recommends using a salt-free ice melter, such as Safe Paw.  According to the manufacturer, Safe Paw benefits include:

  • Guaranteed safe for pets and children
  • Environmentally safe
  • Won’t harm decking of any kind
  • Safe on asphalt, concrete, and pavers
  • Safe on plants and shrubs
  • Proprietary traction agent (helps prevent
  • slips and falls)
  • Won’t stain or destroy flooring

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Available at many retailers, including Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Also available online at PetSolutions, HealthyPets, EntirelyPets, and Amazon.

Syracuse Pucks for Paws!

PetravelR™ loves to find new and different pet-friendly events.  So how about taking your dog to a hockey game this weekend?!?

The Syracuse Crunch will host their fifth annual ‘Pucks for Paws night at the club’s home game vs. Binghamton on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m at the War Memorial on 800 South State Street in Syracuse, New York.

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Tickets are $15 for humans and $5 for dogs. All proceeds from the dog tickets will benefit the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation (PMAWF). Humans and dogs will be able to sit together in the stage section of the arena. All dogs must be escorted by their owners at all times on a short leash.  To purchase tickets for ‘Pucks for Paws’ call the Crunch office at 315-473-4444.

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There will also be limited edition ‘Pucks for Paws’ mystery pucks sold for $10 with the proceeds also going to the PMAWF.  The exclusive ‘Pucks for Paws’ pucks will feature the ‘Pucks for Paws’ logo on one side and the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation logo on the other, and will be signed by a member of the Syracuse Crunch!  Along with the pucks the night will feature a silent auction to raise funds for the PMAWF. Local animal rescues, adoptable dogs and vendors will be tabling in Memorial Hall.

Additionally, the Crunch will be conducting a pet supply drive on ‘Pucks for Paws’ night. Donation bins will be placed at the arena doors to collect needed pet supplies for local shelters. Shelters are in need of pet food, blankets, collars, leashes, toys and cleaning supplies.

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The Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation is a not-for-profit organization raises and distributes money to animal welfare organizations throughout Central New York.  Founded in 2008 by Central New York’s meteorologist Wayne Mahar in honor of his mother, who, like Wayne, was an animal lover, the PMAWF supports organizations that help provide unfortunate animals with a second chance of a better life and to date has donated more than $70,000 to local rescues.