Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Wintertime is here – and it’s already off to a big start! As you plan for a season of snow removal, you might want to think about using pet safe ice melt after shoveling. By choosing ice melt that’s safer for your pets, your family, and the natural environment, you’re making a great choice all around.

We recommend Entry® pet safe ice melt, now available at GNH Lumber.

This chloride-free liquid ice melt is ready-to-use from the bottle. Plus, it quickly dissolves slippery sheets of ice from your driveways – without the use of chloride.

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Why Chloride-Free Ice Melt?

Have you ever walked your dog on a chloride-salted sideway and seen them lift their paws or hop from side to side? Maybe they lick or bite at the pads of their feet later? That burn is caused by chloride, a substance that’s toxic when ingested. Even a small amount of chloride can hurt your pets’ tender paws in the wintertime. Not to mention, chloride also corrodes metals, kills plants and lawns, alters our ecosystem, infects our drinking water.

Yes, popular chloride melts will work to remove ice – but it’s a terrible price to pay. And all too often, de-icers claim they’re pet-safe or eco-friendly when they’re not because they still contain chloride — which is harmful even in small amounts.

You may be thinking, “Safer alternatives are expensive and mostly ineffective anyway, right?” Maybe that’s been true in the past, but it’s not the case anymore. When used as directed, Entry® is the long-awaited, affordable solution for pet owners, and a great choice compared to chloride ice melts.

Learn more about the year-round homeowner benefits to using non-chloride, pet safe ice melt.

Entry® is the first ice melt that works clean and works fast without causing bigger problems. It outperforms granular chloride salts at no additional cost, providing safety from slip and fall accidents while being safer for:

  • Your pets
  • Your family
  • Your drinking water
  • The environment
  • Concrete and metals
  • Plants and lawns

Plus, Entry® won’t track messy salt granules into your house, saving you time and money on cleanup! And what does track in, won’t harm your floors. The unique chloride-free neutral pH and liquid formula make it less corrosive and less abrasive than traditional granular ice melts, and therefore safer for indoor surfaces.

How does Entry® ice melt work?

Entry® is designed to be applied with a sprayer and vertical fan tip nozzle. You can use any type of sprayer or our easy-to-use sprayers designed to apply this product at the optimal rate and spray pattern. GNH offers a convenient all-in-one sprayer and ice melt residential bundle to get you started with everything you’ll need.

Once you’ve poured Entry® into your sprayer, follow package label instructions. The product is ready to use from the jug; do not dilute. For best results, clear as much ice and snow as possible before applying product. Don’t attempt to “pressure wash” ice or snow using added pressure or volume. It won’t impact results and only wastes product.

Using Entry Pet Safe Ice Melt - How To

When used as directed Entry will turn slippery into safe in less than 30 seconds!

The convenient homeowner package available at GNH comes with a 1/2 gallon of ice melt and a 1 gallon sprayer included (only $47.99 for the winter of 2019-2020):
Pet safe ice melt homeowner bundle

We also carry a variety of refill sizes starting at $19.29/half gallon:Pet Safe Ice Melt sizes

Questions? The knowledgeable staff at GNH Lumber will answer your questions about pet safe ice melt, or help you find the best snow removal solutions to match your needs and budget. Visit us in Greenville or Windham to get started today! Browse pet products at GNH!

Pet Safe Ice Melt is available at GNH


Switching Pet Foods 101

Switching Pet Foods 101: How to Transition

Switching Pet Foods 101

Food for Every Stage of Life

There are many reasons to switch pet foods, including changes in your pet’s healthy, activity levels, age, or behavior. Just like people, pets have different nutritional requirements at different stages of life. A puppy or kitten’s needs are vastly different from that of an adult dog or cat. The same holds true for your senior pet, who may have difficulty digesting what was easier to digest as a younger pet.


Making a Pet Food Switch

There are other reasons for switching pet foods, however. Maybe you want to try a new formula, such as ingredient or brand preferences (GNH has a variety of high-quality pet food brands available, such as Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo).

According to the Taste of the Wild blog, it’s important to note that if your pet suddenly stops “enjoying” his current food, you should consult your veterinarian before making a switch. If your pet is sick, it can actually do more harm to change his or her diet before the illness itself is resolved.


The Right Way to Change Your Pet’s Diet

No matter the reason for switching, you should always transition slowly to a new kind of pet food or your pet may experience some bad belly aches and digestive upsets! By practicing patience, however, your pet can make the transition seamlessly to his or her brand-new diet.


Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

You should take at least 7-10 day (or up to 14 days for pets with sensitive stomachs) to transition from your current pet for to your new pet food. The idea is to add a little bit of new pet food each day, while subtracting the same amount of old pet food. This method allows your pet’s system to slowly adapt to the new food, and prevents jarring digestive troubles. You can visualize the transition this way:

Switching Pet Foods 101

Switching Pet Foods 101

Beware of Switching Too Often 

A word of caution: It might seem like a good idea to change your pet’s diet whenever you see a sale on new pet food, but think again. You might end up paying more in the end for vet bills if your pet’s diet is disrupted too frequently.

The best feeding practices for your pet’s good health is to choose a brand you trust, and stick with it – unless your pet has a specific, adverse reaction, or if his life cycle changes. Consistency is better for your pet’s overall digestive health.



The Importance of Feeding your Dog or Cat a Well-Balanced Diet

We know what is good and bad for own diets, but what about feeding your dog or cat a well-balanced diet?

Our cats and dogs are our family members, and with that they should be fed quality, well-balanced food that nourishes them. Quality food will:

  • keep your pet’s coat shiny and sleek
  • strengthen his or her immune system
  • and keep his or her digestive system working properly

The best pet foods have real animal proteins as the very first ingredient such as venison, turkey, whitefish, or another type of meat, poultry, or fish. Taste of the Wild pet food uses the highest quality grain-free formulas that are based on their ancestral diet. Here are some main ingredients that you will find in our pet formulas and how your pet benefits from them:

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