Reiki For Dogs

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

Today’s session is about Reiki.

When I tell people that I practice Reiki, most get a questioning look on their face. People’s responses range from a simple “I don’t know what that is” to the more comical “Well you can come Rake-y my yard!” And believe me, I laugh with them.
Reiki, in the simplest term, is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique. “Rei” means “Divine” and “Ki” means “Life Energy”. What happens during a session is that I place my hands on certain spots of the body of the animal or person I am working on, and call on the Earth’s energy to come flow through my body (like a conduit) and out of my hands. The energy then flows where the body needs it the most.
Reiki has many benefits: reduces stress, promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities, helps in pain relief, helps with acute injuries and chronic issues, supports the immune system and aids in better sleep.
Now, I will not say that Reiki alone will cure all. However, you WILL hear me say that it works well in conjunction with other modalities. It helps to get everything kick-started and maintain things.
While Reiki is not considered main stream, it IS becoming more recognized and accepted. One only has to believe in the intent for it to work.
Reiki can be performed by anyone who has been trained by a Reiki Master. There are 3 degrees:

1st Degree – you learn how to heal on a physically level
2nd Degree – you learn how to heal on a mental and emotional level, and learn how to perform
distant (or absentee) healing.
3rd Degree – Master level. You learn to heal on a spiritual level, make Reiki a way of life, and
you have the ability to teach others.

Many people will take the 1st and 2nd degree and then stop, not continuing on to the Master level. That is ok. Teaching isn’t everyone’s forte and one can be a successful Reiki practitioner without being a Master.

Thank you so much for allowing me to tell you about what I love to do!

If anyone is interested in having a Reiki session for themselves or their pet(s), or, if you have any questions, please visit my website:, or you can email me at

Take care and Blessed Be!

Thank you Kerry for such a great and informing article.

Healing Souls Reiki

Kerry Morony has been a practicing Reiki Master since 2010 and also has been a certified veterinary technician for the past 15 years. She delights in helping all souls, human and animal, with her favorite being horses.

Kerry literally goes the extra mile for her clients, traveling all over the state of New Jersey, including parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Kerry is conveniently located in the South Jersey area.

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Canine Cancer

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Today’s session is about Canine Cancer.
This article is written by Lisa at Canine Cancer .org in Australia.
My name is Frodo and I am an eight year old cancer survivor. I have recently passed my four year cancer free period, so it’s looking pretty good for me now to have a normal life expectancy.

One morning four years ago, I woke up with a huge egg-like lump on my head near my ear. At first my mum thought I had bumped my head but she took me straight to the vet. He thought it was a cyst at first and when he tried to drain it nothing came out. He said he would have to operate to remove the lump.

When my mum came to pick me up after the operation the vet old her it was nothing to worry about and he got it all. Lucky for me my mum asked for it to be sent to the lab and that decision is the reason I am still here.

A few days later the phone call came and my mum was told it was cancer. It was a shock to us because I was otherwise a normal healthy four year old who had so much energy and who likes nothing more than playing with my mates.

Within a day of getting the news, my mum had me over to see the Oncologist, Dr Ken Wyatt. I had to go through bone marrow testing, ultrasounds and x-rays. After all the testing Dr Ken said that I had localized malignant histiocytic sarcoma and because I had dirty margins around the lump I would need chemotherapy. At least the tumour hadn’t spread to other organs.

Every three weeks I would go and see Dr Ken for my chemotherapy. I never wanted to be going but my mum said I would have to do as I was told. They were always nice to me but I didn’t like being poked and prodded all the time. Whilst I was having my chemotherapy it was business as usual. I had no sickness from it and I carried on as normal. At home I would race around with my mates and I never felt sick. I did get a couple of infections after the first two sessions which meant I had to get shaved for intravenous antibiotics, but it was something I just had to put up with.
After my course of chemotherapy had finished, I would go and see Dr Ken every two months for a check-up. I’d try to get out of going for these check-ups and I had to be carried up the stairs because I would just lock my legs and wouldn’t move. After the examination was over I would relax and lick Dr Ken on the hand and off we go until next time. With each visit giving us good news it was quite a milestone to reach the two year mark. Eighty percent of dogs with my type of cancer die within two years as it is very aggressive.  A couple of years ago, I even sent a DNA sample for a cancer research program in the United Kingdom, as they were looking for dogs with histiocytic sarcoma. I hope that my participation might save other dogs in the future.

I am one of the lucky ones and I am still here because my mum had my lump sent to the laboratory for analysis. If she hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here today as without treatment I might have only lasted a couple of months.. I hope all my mates out there will have parents that do the same. If a vet ever tells you there is nothing to worry about when a lump is removed, always ask for it to be sent off to the lab for conformation. Vets are human and mistakes can happen. Never delay in getting lumps checked as delays can be the difference between life and death.

I am lucky that I have been given the chance to have many more years ahead of me. Dr Ken and his staff knew exactly what I needed. Even though I don’t like going there my mum said it is for my own good. If there was any changes, they would be picked up quick and treated.

Now I can spend my days playing with my mates, although it is hard to find a playmate who can keep up with me. They always run out of steam before I do. My brother Farrell is also teaching me how to garden and help bring in the washing. My mum is not happy about this. I also do fundraising events for my mates in rescue shelters, which is where I came from.. I sit with my tin and get lots of pats and turn on the charm so my tins fills up. I am a big ham at it these days as I have been doing it for years. At least now I should be around for years enjoying life, thanks to Dr Ken. He gave me a second chance. 

** Sadly Frodo passed away on 20 April 2014 as a result of Vinca poisoning (also known as periwinkle). He survived cancer 4.5yrs and was cancer free when he passed.

Supplied by the Australian Canine Cancer website. The aim of this site is to provide owners with one point where they can find relevant information about cancer in their canine companions.

We would like to thank Lisa for a great article on canine caner. If you have any questions you can use the link to go to their website. Lisa is very passionate about Vinca poisoning, please protect your dogs.

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Bailey Chairs and Mega-esophagus

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans help dogs by giving useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

Today’s session is about Mega-esophagus and a special lady that helps dogs that have this.

It all began by accident and its now been 10 months since we built our first Bailey Chair for a precious Valley Bulldog named Gremlin, who has a condition called Canine Mega-esophagus.


My name is Susan and I have a service dog named Gigi.  I am a 3 time Cancer survivor and am now battling cancer once again.   During my treatments, I would try to find things to keep my mind occupied and I started sharing my life and travels with Gigi on a few of the social media networks, Instagram being one of them (@susan_and_gigi).  I began following a woman named Chrissy and she followed me back.  At one point, she commented on one of my photos showing a custom bed that my husband had made for Gigi.  She absolutely loved the bed and jokingly asked if my husband could build a chair for her dog, Gremlin.  Of course, I was curious why a dog would need a chair and had to ask Chrissy.  She responded by telling me that Gremlin had a condition called Canine Mega-esophagus and needed to eat in an upright position.  She suggested that I view their video on YouTube showing Gremlin and how he had to eat.  Well, after seeing Gremlin in the video, I fell in love and built that precious dog a special chair, which is called a Bailey Chair.  Chrissy invited me to join a Mega-esophagus support group and I was so impressed and humbled by the love and constant care provided by the owners of these special dogs.  The financial burden of this condition is daunting and the need for Bailey Chairs is essential to the survival of these dogs.


I’m sure by now, you are wondering what Canine Mega-esophagus is….

Mega-esophagus is difficult to detect and diagnose and the medical options are few. The muscles of the esophagus fail and it cannot propel food or water into the stomach  (Its like a balloon that has been inflated several times and then hangs limp). The result is that ingested food sits in the esophagus within the chest cavity and never makes it to the stomach.


The most serious complication is that digestive fluid/food will at some point pool in the esophagus, which generally results in aspiration (breathing in), of digestive fluid/food, leading to pneumonia (Aspiration Pneumonia). Mega-esophagus can occur at any age.


Symptoms include the following:

Regurgitation of water, mucous or food (Regurgitation is throwing up without any warning; not to be confused with vomiting, which is associated with retching). Loss of appetite or refusal to eat. Sudden weight loss. Swallowing difficulty, exaggerated and/or frequent swallowing. They will also try to clear their throat frequently with a hacking sound. Sour and/or foul smelling breath. Many canines may be misdiagnosed with a gastrointestinal problems. Aspiration Pneumonia is a frequent complication. When Chrissy posted a picture of Gremlin in his new chair, we received so many responses from people wanting to know how they could purchase a chair. It was then, that I realized we had to help and we began making Bailey Chairs for whoever needed them. As we continued to make chairs for these precious dogs, I always posted pictures of the chairs on all of my social networking sites (Instagram, Facebook, etc.).


We received so many responses from people who were interested, that we decided to start a donation site called Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs . This allowed people to donate money for a chair for their own dog, or for another dog in need whose owner could not afford the cost of a chair.  The cost of building a Bailey Chair can vary depending on the size, but we only ask for the amount needed to purchase materials and ship the chair.  None of the proceeds go towards the labor of these chairs, as they are built out of love for these dogs.  We build these chairs in our garage during my husband’s spare time.


Over the past 10 months, we have built over 327 chairs.  213 of those have been donated. We have also donated chairs to over 27 rescue/shelters nationwide. For every chair we sell, we donate a chair. We have also been able to donate chairs thanks to private donations and donations from Companies such as Hoff Productions, Mary  Kay, Scentsy, and For Tails Only. It absolutely amazes me the support we have received from total strangers. They all come together for the good of the dog, our canine companion, and it is a beautiful thing to see. We ship chairs all over the U.S and have even shipped chairs to Canada, Australia, Ireland  and England.



As I mentioned before, for every chair that is purchased, we donate a chair and we recently had a local family purchase a chair for their Chihuahua, Diego. We were then able to donate a chair to Hero, a German Shepherd being cared for by Tamara at Animal Rescue Recon in Brentwood, Ca. They both showed up at the same time to pick up their chairs and were able to meet one another.  It was very touching. We truly love making these chairs for our fellow fur friends and hope that people continue to come together and help us get chairs to all those in need.  We also hope that this article brings understanding and awareness about the severity of this condition, to all dog owners.  Mega-esophagus is not discriminating and can affect all breeds of dogs.


For more information on Mega-esophagus or on how you can donate to help us build Bailey Chairs, please visit the following sites.



Susan and her husband are awesome! They are providing a much needed service and chairs to some very deserving and needy dogs. Please help them continue to help dogs in need by spreading the word and this article.


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Bashful Needs Help.

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue, this is a special post to help a sweet little puppy in need of some major medical attention. Meet Bashful,Bashful

Dopey, 1 of Jezzabelle puppies has just been diagnosed with HydroCephalus (fluid on the brain). Which is why he has the more dome shaped head and eyes that turn more outward. He shows no other symptoms at this time. Due to the discovery of Dopey condition we opted to change his name to Bashful, and the puppy Bashful that passed to Dopey. We had just named the puppies after the 7 dwarfs. We just felt terrible calling him Dopey with him having a medical condition. NCSU (North Carolina State Univeristy) has been called and after discussion with our vet it has been decided he will go see Neuro Surgeon when he is 8 weeks old. The Neurologist local can’t handle his condition we have been told. Bashful is doing really good at this time, trying to eat from Jezzabelle food dish, plays some etc. But he is a little more lethargic than other 3. This condition causes severe pain, seizures etc if not treated. We know the surgery and treatment he needs is very very expensive but want to give him a chance at a comftorable life. The amount we have listed as goal is just a start. He needs MRI and testing. Don’t know cost of surgery and treatment yet. Please help us help him. Jezzabelle still needs her HW treatment when babies are weaned as well.


Contact Info



We are a 501c3 non profit no kill rescue working with the community to help the unwanted/homelss animals in need.

To help with the over population of animals by spaying/neutering unaltered animals
Save the many abused, abandoned, neglected, unwanted animals

Company Overview

We are a rescue group located on the Peninsula to help save the many unwanted, abused, and neglected animals killed each year.


Critters 4 U Rescue is working with the community to save and help the unwanted/homeless animals have a second chance in life. Many of these animals have had a rough start in life and just need a second chance to have a happy healthy life.

General Information

we take in homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected animals, have them vetted, and give them a safe place to live until a permanent home can be found for them. We are a non kill rescue.


Muffin’s Halo!

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

Today’s session is about Muffin’s Halo, a unique product for blind dogs.


Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® is a custom designed product to guide blind/visually impaired dogs and safeguard them from bumping into walls and other objects. This NEW patented device is a great aid to help them become familiar with existing or new surroundings, quickly.

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® is lightweight, comfortable and a stylish easy fit with adjustable velcro straps. Its soft angel wings sit on the dog’s neck to protect their head and shoulder area, while the decorative halo is designed to protect them from bumping into walls and other objects. This device does not hinder a dog’s normal daily activity and makes them look like a precious angel.

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Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® was invented out of the love and devotion for MUFFIN BORDEAUX, a 12 year old Toy Poodle who lost his sight last year due to cataracts. Muffin began bumping into walls, fell down the stairs and became depressed and immobile, as he attempted to transition. His mother Silvie Bordeaux was heartbroken and determined to find a solution for her beloved dog. After doing some extensive research, she realized there is a great need for products to assist blind dogs, so she created Muffin’s Halo and is now dedicated to assisting blind/visually impaired dogs and their caring owners.

My precious 12 year old toy poodle Muffin Bordeaux, went blind last year due to cataracts. I was devastated, since he kept bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. He became very depressed and was afraid to move around. I could not let him out of my sight and carried him around everywhere. I searched the internet extensively for solutions/assistance. That was when I realized that there is a great need for products to assist blind/visually impaired dogs, so I invented this device/guide, “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ® “  that has changed his life, as well as mine. Muffin now knows his home again and can travel with me to any hotel or friend’s house and gets to familiarize any new surrounding, quickly. He just loves this aid and is back to his peppy confident self!  Muffin also loves all the attention he gets when I take him on walks, as he looks like a little angel. Most importantly, I can leave him at home for hours and know that he is safe.

While I was inventing this product, we discovered Muffin had a mass in his stomach. I consulted with multiple vets, changed his diet, and gave him daily iron supplements and medicine, hoping to reduce the mass. As a result, he was doing well and was more energetic.

During a follow up appointment to check on his mass, a certain Vet lacerated him internally by mistake, leaving Muffin dying on the operation table.  Muffin had to have excessive amounts of blood transfusions and emergency surgery that cost me an excessive amount of money, but most importantly, great emotional distress. The Vet told me I had to prepare for the worse and that Muffin would probably not make it through the night.  They feared his main artery was cut and that he could not survive this type of injury. I was petrified, devastated and in total disbelief.

As Muffin (who recently went blind and was traumatized in the Emergency Room with complete strangers) was in critical care fighting for his life, I was on my knees sobbing all night. I was surrounded by his bed, toys and clothes and pleaded to God to please save my precious dog. I promised in return, upon his recovery, Muffin and I would be of service and dedicate our lives to helping blind dogs.

My greatest prayer was answered and after many weeks of tender loving care, Muffin recovered and I have since worked on and developed “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ®  to now make it available for other dogs facing this issue.  I was stunned to find out how many dogs are abandoned or put down because they go blind.  Muffin’s Halo can now save the lives of many dogs!  It no longer has to be painful for the dogs and their owners, as I have a great solution to help this transition.

Today, Muffin’s Halo, my patented guide for blind dogs that was custom designed and handcrafted in the USA is now on the market.  It is my greatest wish that we improve the lives of as many blind dogs as possible!

With much love,

Silvie and Muffin Bordeaux

Silvie Bordeaux is currently working on and developing a whole line of Blind Dog Products, specially designed to improve their quality of lives.

Contact for Muffin’s Halo:
Silvie Bordeaux

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It’s Saturday Night Already?

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Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping people and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about washing your dog.

Now we know what your thinking…. “Do I really need to be told how to wash my dog?” The answer is no, but there is more to washing your dog then, well “washing your dog”. Washing your dog does so many positive things from helping to create a bond between you and your dog, to allowing you a really examine them throughly. During a recent bath-time with our dogs and we found a tick on one, a hot spot on the tail of another, a lump on the rib cage of a foster, these would have taken longer to find had we not been bathing them. Let’s face it having the fur wet provides you a view of your dog and can reveal things that are hidden beneath it.

When we take our dogs to the vet’s office they are always amazed that we catch so many little “problems” on our dogs so early on and the reason we do, has always been a bath. We found 3 tiny mammary tumors on our old girl, Duchess. We also discovered a swollen lymph node on my Daisy, which was then checked out by our vet. The secret to knowing our dogs so well is simple, it’s because we run our hands over them and bathe them on a regular basis.

I know, many of you are saying, “my dog hates baths”. Why is that? Have you ever noticed that a dogs normal temperature is warmer than ours? One reason your dog may not like to take a bath is that the water maybe too cold. Think about how you feel when the water heater is on the fritz and you had to take a chilly shower. The water used to bathe dogs should be warmer than you would have it for yourself, NOT scolding, but on the warmer side of comfortable. Next, does your dog feel uncomfortable in the tub? In older dogs, especially we have found the need for it to be less slippery for them to feel “safe”. Now I am not recommending ducky appliqués in the bottom of your tub but a great trick is to lay a towel in the bottom for your pupper to stand on and bang instant traction.

Since this article is really more about examining your dog than actually washing your dog, I will only briefly cover washing.  There are many different shampoo’s available on the market today. You can buy everything from whitening and conditioning shampoo’s to flea shampoo’s. While doing research on these I discovered some interesting things. If you have a dog that you know or suspect has a grain allergy, you really don’t want a grain based shampoo, like oatmeal. Also, if your dog has a yeast infection on it’s skin, you don’t want to use oatmeal either, it seems that yeast like to feed on sugar, grains are carbohydrates which turn into sugar readily and therefore feed the yeast. So on a side note, if you have a yeast infected dog, no grains, that means food and/or shampoo.

When we have had few flea problems in the past, and we all do from time to time, I received a lot of recommendations to use Dawn dish detergent. I was also told that it really doesn’t matter what shampoo you use as long as the dogs stays covered in soapy suds for more than five minutes. Any shampoo that stays on the dog for longer than fives minutes will kill fleas so what you need is good soapy suds. Whenever we bring in a new foster dog to stay in our home the 1st thing they receive is the flea removing bath in, you guessed it, Dawn dish soap. Works every time.

Since flea’s head for the dogs head when they get wet start there and work back toward the tail. I wet the dog’s head and soap up the lower head and neck to keep any fleas down on the body. I do not put soap on top of the dog’s head to avoid getting soap in their eyes and I avoid soap in the ears too. I rinse down the dog to get him wet then I apply the shampoo or soap over the body. I very carefully massage the dogs body with my hands. I cover and feel every inch of the dogs body and give the dog a nice massage. I rinse the shampoo off with warm water, then I soap the dog up again. I get in between his toes, under the “arm pits”, I look at the feet and look at the nails, the pads of the feet and the leg joints. This is exactly what I am trying to tell you its a great time to really inspect your dog.

I start at the head at the ears and I work down. I massage and feel the head. I look for bumps and scratches. If your dog has long fur, now is the time to find ticks and abnormal growths, like warts and skin tabs. Along the neck, I do the same, feel the skin looking for anything abnormal. Massaging the back and ribs, can offer important clues to the health of your dog. Long haired dog especially make it hard to easily observe abnormalities. Feeling along the spine looking for ticks, thickening skin, rashes, bumps, growths and the spine its self. When you run your hand down the dog’s sides, you should feel the ribs under a very thin layer of fat. You should be able to feel each rib, but not see the ribs. If the spine and the ribs are easily felt and has deep depressions in between each rib or back bone, your dog is too thin. Since you are at the ribs, move your hands forward and feel the chest and toward the rear and feel the abdomen. Make sure you feel under the front arms and the rear legs. In this area feel for small bumps. Here is where the lymph nodes are located. Feeling small pea sized “balls” under the skin could mean an enlarged lymph node. Enlarged lymph nodes could mean an infection somewhere so see the vet.  Bumps on the back, along the ribs or on the chest could be fatty tumors. Any bumps around the area of the nipples could be mammary tumors, if caught while small, they are easily removed. I have found mammary tumors as small as half the size of a “BB”..yep, during a bath. Feel down each leg looking for tender areas, swollen areas. Look and feel in between each toe on the feet, look for ulcers, cuts, swelling and growths. This is also a good time to look at the nails. Look in the ears, for dirty wax, the ears should not smell or be red. Look at the base of the tail, this is where fleas love to hide and is a common place that becomes inflamed and irritated. ** An important note, when you are inspecting your dog, pay attention to your dog’s reactions to your massage. If your dog yawns or starts to lick his lips, that is a sign of pain. This is a clue that there may be a problem with your dog.

After your done washing your dog try to get them as dry as possible make sure that includes drying inside those ears with the towel. I also have a portable space heater that we use to warm up the bathroom so its comfortable for them during the drying off faze. After your done, its a sure thing that if you paid attention will know a lot more about your dog then you did going in.

A few brief suggestions if you don’t like the mess that giving your dog a bath can create in your tub then head on out to one of your local retail pet stores and for a nominal price you can bathe “Spike” there and leave the mess/ cleanup to them. Also, those situations are helpful with accomodating larger size dogs and are generally raised to height were you wont be kneeling or bent over a tub. Lastly, I recommend a special tasty treat that you only give your dog after the bath so he starts to associate baths with good things.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about what to use to remove unwanted ice and snow this winter.

It’s that time of year again, winter. with winter comes cold weather, snow and ice. When the snow and ice cover walkways and roads, we naturally want to remove it for our safety. The most common way to remove ice after we shovel the snow is to put down rock salt. The problem is, most ice melting products are very poisonous to dogs. But before we get into why they are poisonous, lets talk about how rock salt melts ice.

Water freezes at about 32 degrees. When you put rock salt on the ice, the salt dissolves and forms a brine solution (saltwater). The brine actually lowers the freezing point of water, so the ice melts. How about other types of ice melt, magnesium, calcium, urea and poly glycol? These chemicals lower the freezing point of water and there by melt the ice. Some of the chemicals have an added bonus to melting ice, they create a chemical reaction when mixed with water and they heat up, this is known as exothermic dissolution.

Having discussed how ice melter’s work, lets look at how safe they are. What I found out through searching many websites on the internet is that just about all the ice melter’s are toxic at some level. Some chemicals are safer than others, but all become toxic at some point.  Rock salt is sodium, it irritates the paws and skin of dogs, it dries out skin, and can cause inflammation. When the paws are licked the dog ingests the sodium. Calcium and magnesium are naturally occurring chemicals in the body. They are essential chemicals in the body, but having too much of these chemicals can really harm your pet. Besides the skin and paw irritation, ingesting too much can cause cardiac problems. Propylene glycol has been approved by the FDA as a food additive for human and pet foods in very low doses. Propylene glycol is used to decide planes. Urea is a chemical that is naturally made in the bodies of animals and humans, it is a component of urine. It is often used in topical products for human use, like shampoos and hand creams. It is not meant to be ingested, while it is not terribly poisonous, it’s not something you want to do.

Here are a list of general signs and symptoms of poisoning and toxicity in the above chemicals.

Dermatitis or irritated skin, inflammation of paws, red irritated paws, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, staggering, fluid retention or swelling of the paws, legs, abdomen because of fluid, overly thirsty, extreme urination, seizures and kidney and liver failure.

If your dog starts with any of the following, please go to your vet right away! These can be life threatening. You never want to mess around with the life of your dog.

Here are some products that claim to be safe for use around pets.

Happy Paws Solid Ice Melt , they claim to be pet safe and use calcium magnesium acetate. They advertise they DO NOT use salt, chlorides, glycols, amides and ureas.

Morton Safe-T-Pet Snow & Ice Melt, uses propylene glycol and urea. They claim the product is safe and was designed with veterinarian over sight and in put.

PSTL PAW THAW ICE MELT, This company does not say what is uses.

Safe Paw Ice Melter , this company uses propylene glycol. They claim this is safe for pets.

Let’s look at some alternative ways to remove snow and ice.

In stead of using chemicals, how about using an ice chipper to remove the ice. Suncast 8-Inch Snow & Ice Scraper with D-Grip Handle. An Ice chipper has a flat metal blade and a long wooden handle like a shovel, you stand over the ice and you slam down the chipper on the ice breaking it.  You can still melt ice and not use chemicals too, you can use Propane Turbo Torch, Propane Torch Weed Burner Motor Heater Ice Snow Melter Pipe Thaw, or Bare Ground Solutions Bare Blaster Snow & Ice Melting Propane Torch. Basically it is a propane torch with a long nozzle so you can reach the ground and apply the flame directly to the ice and snow. The added benefit of this torch is, in the summer you can burn weeds and be totally environmentally friendly by not using any chemicals. You can throw sand down over the ice, while it does not melt it will provide a non slip surface to walk across. You can buy sand at any home improvement store and makes a great alternative to melting ice.  Another alternative non ice melt is kitty liter, the non clumping kitty liter. You can get the cheap store brand non clumping liter at any store. You can also use doggie booties. Pawz Blue Water-Proof Dog Boot , Ultra Paws TrAction Dog Boots . These go over your dogs feet and protects them from the cold and from the chemicals used in ice melts. You dog may walk funny until he gets used to them, but these are a very safe way to protect your dog. Here is an alternative to the slip on booties, Invisible Dog Boots – Protect Paws From Sand  Hot Pavement, Ice, and Salt with All Natural 100% Wax-Based Cream. For Dogs Who Just Won’t Wear Boots.

Just a quick recap. Please do your home work and research products that you may wish to use to remove snow and ice, to make sure they are safe for your dog. If you would rather use no chemical alternatives, all the better. Please remember that this is just an informational guide and that you should make the final decision based on what you feel is safest and best for you dog.

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