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.

Safe Paw Ice Melter 1

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

Safe Paw Ice Melter 2Safe Paw label







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,, OnlyNaturalPet and northwest


PetravelR™ loves a good romp in the snow!


Frostbite in Dogs

With one winter storm after enough and wind chills below zero, we wanted to share this important information from petMD on frostbite in dogs -

The most common cause of frostbite in dogs is extended exposure to the cold although submersion in a cold body of water can also lead to frostbite.  Despite their thick fur, dogs exposed to extreme low temperatures run the possibility of freezing their extremities like the tips of their ears and tail.  Prolonged exposure can also cause hypothermia, a life-threatening condition.

Photo courtesy of petMD

Photo courtesy of petMD

Frostbite is indicated by the skin becoming very pale and attaining a bluish/white hue due to a lack of blood flow. Ice may also form around the affected area. When the body part is warmed and blood flow returns, the skin becomes red and there is swelling accompanied with peeling.

If you believe a dog is suffering from frostbite, take these immediate steps:

  • Warm a towel on a radiator or in the clothes dryer.
  • Apply the warm towel in the affected areas. Do not squeeze or rub hard, as this can cause more damage.
  • Use tepid water to warm up the affected areas to a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C), but no higher.
  • As the areas thaw, they will redden. If they become dark instead, seek immediate veterinary attention.

Find more tips for winter weather pet safety in this recent PetravelR™ post.

If you see a pet left out in extreme temperatures without proper shelter, please report it to your local law enforcement authorities – speaking up could save a life.

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.


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!


Bow Wow Blizzard Camp!

Wisconsin Humane Society will hold its first Bow Wow Blizzard Camp at its Ozaukee Campus on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm!


Bow Wow Blizzard Camp is a one-day winter camp for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. It’s a wonderful way for kids to learn all about the Wisconsin Humane Society and ways that they can help critters of all different shapes and sizes. There will be a variety of humane activities offered throughout the day including crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes tour and even a chance to meet some of the animal guests!

Tickets are $55.00 per child. Snacks and all materials will be provided. Only a few tickets remain, so don’t wait to buy yours!



The WHS Ozaukee Campus is located at 630 W. Dekora Street in Saukville, Wisconsin.


The Wisconsin Humane Society is committed to providing protection, shelter and care for wild and homeless animals. Because of generous donors, they are able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of animals every year.