Are Pet-Safe Ice Melts Completely Safe?

The short answer is no, pet-safe ice melts are not completely safe.

While some ice melts are “safer” for pets than others, they all carry some risk. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center classifies all ice melt products as being chemical irritants that can cause gastrointestinal signs, like vomiting and diarrhea, and topical irritation to the paw pads and skin.

Prolonged exposure to the skin for any of these compounds can cause chemical burns.