Spring is the time of year when people make a big effort to declutter and clean the house. However, when you have pets you have to be extra careful of the cleaning products you use As the owner of two rescues (Missy and Roxy) I have put some tips together for safe leaning with pets
It is the time of year where we dust away the winter cobwebs and spruce up our houses for spring. If you have pets around, you will need to be careful with your cleaning products.
Pet-safe cleaning products
We all have a cupboard of cleaning products that includes soap powder, carpet cleaners, and other cleaning products However many of these are dangerous to both pets and kids and many can be exchanged for ones with fewer chemicals and so far safer if your pets come in contact
It is important to remember that there is a lot of safe natural cleaning product that are often cheaper safer and kinder to the environment, like:
- baking soda
- vinegar – white vinegar seems to be better but any vinegar to be honest
- lemon juice.
It is important to follow the instructions
Many cleaning products require you read the instructions for example bleach often need to be diluted in water before you can use it This also helps make it safer for your pet as the solution is Wipe weaker
. When using commercial products such as bleach it is important to wash down surfaces with plain clean water afterward. Again this will help your pet coming into contact with harmful chemicals as it will remove any lingering chemicals on surfaces
Store them out of reach
Are stored out the way of your pet in the same way you would children. This could be high up or in a cupboard under the sink with a child lock on. The mop and bucket should be cleaned thoroughly with plain water to remove any bleach and cleaning cloths thrown in the machine and washed with only plain water
As the adverts say it is immigrant that the products have lids and tops on. Make sure you put products away carefully after you have finished with them. Store them well out of reach of your pet, just like you would for children. Empty out and rinse mop buckets so they are not full of bleach.
Keep pets out of harm’s way
When you are cleaning the house try and keep your pet out o the way (for example I take Missy and Roxy out whilst my mum does the cleaning)/ Keep them out of the room until everything is dry. This means they won’t accidentally get cleaning products on their skin.
If you’ve just put bleach down the toilet, close the lid so your pet can’t drink from it. If you use a toilet block it’s a good idea to always leave the lid down or the toilet door closed so your pet isn’t tempted.
The problem with cleaning products and our pets
Alas as intelligent as some pets can be especially collies, they can’t read the labels so rely on us to keep safe. Remember the Iams advert with the Collie and the cat/ You’ll have to read the label as the I can’t read, and the cat can’t count
It is important to remember that some cleaning products can cause burns on pets’ paws or n worse can burn their throat and stomach if they swallow the product. This can cause permanent damage and can even be fatal, especially if you don’t get treatment for them right away. Coon culprits of burns to pets include
- over cleaner
- dishwasher tablets
- soap powder stain removers and other laundry detergents.
By nature, most Pets are curious and likely to explore new and unusual objects they find lying around. It is a known fact that dogs explore things with their mouths (and noses) and can use chewing as a way to relax so they’re at risk from any bottles or cleaning tablets they might find. Cats will sometimes drink from toilets and sinks, which can be dangerous if they’re full of bleach or cleaner. Cats have even been known to take a nap inside washing machines or tumble driers especially if it is still warm so always check before you use these appliances
What to do if your pet has come into contact with cleaning products
Signs that your pet has come into contact with cleaning products include:
- Ulcers and sore looking skin. This could be on their paws or, if they’ve swallowed the product, inside their mouth or on their tongue.
- Nausea coughing etc much more than usual.
- Being lazier and having less energy than usual.
- Trouble eating.
- Dribbling or foaming at the mouth.
- Rubbing their face and mouth with their paws.
If you suspect our pet has come in contact with cleaning products especially if they show any of the above symptoms then you need to
- Remove your dog from the source of the poison. Stay calm.
- Immediately contact your Vet, and tell them how, where, and when the incident has occurred. If you take your dog to the Vet’s surgery, take any substance, plant or packaging along too, but of course don’t expose yourself to any toxic harm too.
- Follow any advice given by the Vet.
- If the dog’s fur/skin has been contaminated, wash with water and mild shampoo, then rinse and dry.
- Don’t attempt to make the dog vomit and don’t use salt water which in itself can be very dangerous.
- Keep the dog away from other animals
- Don’t attempt to medicate or treat the dog yourself – immediate emergency action is needed and medicines intended for humans could be poisonous to your dog
The sooner dog poisoning is identified, the safer and easier it is to treat your pet. Never just “wait and see”- if you suspect poisoning, contact your Vet immediately!
You may also wish to read our post on Dog Poison