What ‘melts’ snow and ice, best?
Ice melt salt or rock salt (Sodium Chloride)
Pros: Melts ice and snow by lowering the freezing point of water.
Helps keep surfaces dry. Affordable.
Cons: Corrosive and may damage concrete, wood and plants.
Magnesium chloride is considered environmentally friendly and better than most for use around pets.
Sand is great for traction! https://www.insider.com/guides/home/best-ice-melt#ice-melt-faqs-7