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.

Play Fetch in the Snow!

Those tennis balls not working so well in the snow?  If you’re looking for a good “go fetch” toy for your dog this winter, try the Zisc Flying Disc made by West Paw Design.

According to the manufacturer, these dog toys made from Zogoflex® material are tough and durable. But they aren’t rigid, so they are gentle on your dog’s teeth. The Zisc Flying Disc also floats, so it won’t sink right into the snow.

The Zisc® is eco-friendly, recyclable and made in the USA. It comes in two sizes and three colors, plus a new glow in the dark version. Just put Zisc Glow in a window or under a bright light for five minutes and you’re good to glow.  About $11 for the small Zisc and $15 for the large size; the Zisc Glow runs a couple of dollars more. Buy them at WestPawDesign and many online retailers, including DogTuff.com, Chewy.com, OnlyNaturalPet and northwest pets.com

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PetravelR™ loves a good romp in the snow!

 

Pet-Friendly Aspen Ski Resort

If you’re heading to Aspen for some skiing or snowboarding this winter, The Little Nell is a luxury resort that welcomes pets.

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A 5 Star and 5 Diamond hotel, The Little Nell has 52 guest rooms, 26 premium guest rooms, 8 suites and 6 signature suites.  Contemporary works of art offset her “Aspen Modern” plush, textured fabrics and palettes of cream, blue and chocolate.  All accommodations feature a unique floor plan and gas log fireplaces, and most have private balconies.

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The Little Nell promises to pamper your four legged friend with luxury pet amenities. They’ll eat epicurean treats and enjoy selections from a special pet menu.  They’ll walk them, sit them and guide you to pet friendly trails. The hotel also supplies bowls and beds, and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them get used to the altitude in Aspen. Pets require an initial $125 cleaning fee, plus $25 per each night that they will be staying at the hotel.

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PetravelR™ hopes you have a good time on the slopes!

Dog-Friendly Ski Resorts

If you’re thinking about hitting the slopes this season, PetravelR™ thought you should know that there are a number of pet-friendly ski resorts.  Here are just a few of them:

Mountain Top VT

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Killington, Vermont.  Pet fee $30 per pet, per night; canine guests receive a dog bed, bowls for food and water and a delicious welcome treat, made in Milton, Vermont by Good Dog! Cookies.

The Inn at Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. Pet fee $25 per room, per night; maximum of two pets per room.

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The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado.  An initial $125 pet fee, plus $25 per night; amenities include a personalized brass identification tag, bowls and beds, and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit; epicurean treats and selections available from a special pet menu.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado. $125 fee for the first three nights, and $25 per night for additional nights.

Snow King Resort Hotel and Grand View Lodge, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Pets are welcome at the Snow King Resort Hotel for an additional fee.

Westin Mammoth Lakes

Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lakes, California.  Amenities include Doggie Gift Bags and custom-designed luxurious dog beds with miniature Heavenly Bed duvets by Eloise Pet Accessories, plus other touches.  (During the summer, you can also take your dog on the Panorama Gondola, which allows dogs on leashes to travel to the 11,053 summit of Mammoth Mountain at no additional charge).

Happy (ski) trails!