As a pet parent we all pull out our best when it comes to taking care of our four legged member of the family. Be it midnight feeding, vaccinations, timely deworming, using pet safe cleaning products, grooming or spoiling them with treats. But even with such efforts, do you know that our pets are susceptible to various allergies which develop with time without our knowledge? There are not one but many elements in our homes that can be potentially hazardous to them. As we continue to live our lives in the midst of a pandemic, there is an excess of disinfecting, cleaning, medications in every home - an increased potential to harm our pets.
As per a study conducted by Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), indoors are 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoors. Animals may be untidy, and having pets in the house necessitates additional cleaning. However, the cleaning solutions we use on a regular basis represent a greater risk to our pets' health than the germs they are supposed to kill. Allergies, dysfunction, damage, and even death can be caused by cleaning chemicals that contain ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, or strong odours. Hence it's important that you start investing in non toxic cleaning products immediately. It's not only good for your pet but for you too!
Why is “Going Natural” the way forward?
Many things in your pet's environment contribute to their allergic reactions, so look into their surroundings before pinning it on their food. Most commercial disinfectants/cleaners include chemicals that damage the interior environment with harsh odours that may not be dangerous to you, but are extremely harmful to your dog/cat. This is especially concerning because our dogs are in greater proximity to these pollutants than we are, and as a result, they are naturally more affected.
But how? You may ask - our cats and dogs literally eat, sleep and play on the floor and let's not miss the frequent sniffing, licking etc hence the direct skin contact. Thus going all green is the best practice you can adopt not only for your pet but also for the environment.
Can your pet develop an allergy within your house?
Sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, and itching are all symptoms of allergy, which is described as an immune system overreaction to normally harmless substances. Allergies can impact our canine companions as well. Allergies to pollen, dust, fleas, and even cooking smoke can affect our four-legged pets. Furthermore, because your pet is considerably smaller than you, toxins reach their respiratory systems and bloodstream much more quickly. So yes, it is quite possible that your pet might develop certain allergies within a span of time.
Signs that your pet has developed any kind of allergy
Some give away symptoms of pet allergy includes:
- Frequent licking or biting in some specific area of the body
- Patches of baldness
- Itchy or Runny eyes
- Loss of appetite that lasts for more than two days
- Rapid Diarrhea
- Breathing problem
Ignoring such signs for a long term can lead to permanent damage to your pet’s health. Ofcourse, timely detection and treatment can save your fur-friend but how about the old famous saying “Prevention is better than cure”? While it is critical to keep our homes and workplaces clean, veterinarians caution that pets may be exposed to cleaning products by accident, leading to significant injury or disease. Non toxic cleaning products for pets is thus a necessity given that you love and adore your pet like a family.
Toxic Ingredients to avoid completely
Your dishwash liquid, surface cleaner, oven cleaners, floor cleaners, glass cleaners has ammonia as one of the active toxic ingredients. It can induce eye swelling, tearing, and burning when aerosolized, even at very low doses. It can irritate the throat and lungs, causing coughing and inflammation of the airways at greater dosages. Especially with dogs, it can adversely affect their liver function.
Due to its powerful disinfection qualities, bleach, or chlorine, is probably the most often used cleaning product; yet, I'm sure we're all aware of the bad consequences.Bleach can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and, in more extreme cases, seizures when inhaled or consumed by accident. So the next time, your pup spoils your carpet switch to pet safe cleaning products including your laundry detergent rather than bleach. Investing in non toxic cleaning products for pets is a simple solution to combat this problem.
These are hormone-disrupting chemicals that are added to items to make them smell nice. And just because they aren't listed on the label doesn't mean they aren't there in the bottle. It's in practically all of the products you use, including lotions, soaps, makeup, nail paint, hair sprays, perfumes, after-shave lotions and your regular floor cleaners too. Because dogs bite, chew, lick, and nose anything they play with, they are the most susceptible to phthalates. Do you know that there are six types of phthalates that are completely banned to be used in toys, which unfortunately are still used for pet toys.
In floor cleaners, the phrase "fragrance" is used as an all-term for a bunch of chemicals that can be irritating to animals' delicate nostrils. Breathing problems, headaches, nausea, and dizziness have all been linked to them. The more smells affect a smaller animal, the more harmful they are. Using a pet safe floor cleaner will ensure that your fur baby is saved from such heavy exposure to chemicals in the name of fragrance. How to pick the right floor cleaner for pets at home, read here.
So how to ensure yours and your pet safety?
- Not only invest in pet safe floor cleaners but non toxic laundry detergents, bathroom cleaner etc
- While using commercial cleaning products, pay attention to its labels. Percentage of alcohol, bleach, fragrances etc shouldnt be higher.
- Clean your pet bedding frequently with non toxic cleaning products for pets
- Use your nose as your ultimate guide, any disinfectant, cleaner, detergent high on fragrance is a surely overloaded with chemicals
- Mop the floor with only pet safe floor cleaner rather than just water
- If your pets display any symptoms of allergy which may or may not be restricted to diaherra, vomiting, scratching, short breath - consult your vet right away.
It is our responsibility as pet parents to choose pet safe cleaning products for our houses.
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