Have you jumped into your Spring cleaning yet? I know that I have been elbow deep in hard to reach cobwebs that developed over the winter and scrubbing floorboards while my cat just watches me. This is the time of year we get a jump on our projects, throw out all the old clutter that was gathered over the winter, and scrub down our house as we prepare for the good weather. As you do this, you may not realize how toxic some of the cleaners can be on you and your pets. It is important to make sure that you are using pet safe cleaning supplies so your cat or dog doesn’t end up needing a trip to your Albuquerque veterinarian.
It is easy to think that if you keep your pet out of the room that you are cleaning that they will be safe from any toxins. This is not true. Your pet gets the cleaning supplies on their body from walking, laying, and rubbing on things that have been cleaned. Remember they clean themselves with their mouth, so those toxins can go from their body into their tummy and cause some big problems such as:
- Nose and eye discharge
- Decreased appetite
A lot of toxic chemicals won’t have obvious signs until your pet is really sick with things like kidney, liver, or other organ failure, or cancer.
Some chemicals to avoid are:
- Bleach, Isopropyl Alcohol
If you are not sure if your cleaning products are pet safe, but they are all natural, we suggest you ask the manufacturer. Most natural cleaning products will be pet safe, but it is always smart to check.