Same goes for many household cleaning products. It is best to use warm water with mild dishwashing soap (like Dawn), or vinegar (white or ACV) to clean your pet's crate, carrier, food bowls and toys. It is safest to launder pet bedding with unscented detergent in small quantities. It is best to steer clear of bleach or products that contain bleach because it can cause breathing problems and skin burns in pets. A chemical reaction occurs when bleach comes into contact with ammonia in cat urine. This can trigger irritation to a pet’s eyes, mouth and nose and even lead to death.
Avoid cleaning products that contain:
• Phenols (typically found in cleaners with the word “sol” in the name)
• Formaldehyde (found in general household cleaners)
• Isopropyl alcohol
• Perchloroethylene (found in rug and carpet shampoos)
Pets exposed to dangerous chemicals (whether it is a single or repeat exposure), may display these symptoms:
• Nasal and eye discharge
• Decreased appetite
More studies are confirming that pets have higher health risks than people to the negative effects of chemicals used in homes and yards. Pets groom themselves using their mouths, which means residues from cleaning products and other environmental toxins end up in their skin, coat, eyes, nose, lungs, throat, stomach and so forth. This is why it is critical to keep cleaning supplies out of their reach.
Fortunately, non-toxic and fragrance-free cleaners are becoming more available so pet parents have safer alternatives to traditional products.
By Sarah Zumhofe