Pets are a part of our families and we work hard to take good care of them. But did you know the cleaning products we use in our homes may be severely damaging their health? In 2009, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which included everyday household products.
Household Dangers: Why is it important for pet owners to use pet-friendly cleaners in your home?
Pets groom themselves with their mouths, so residues from cleaning products and other environmental toxins end up in their skin, coat, eyes, nose and throat. Furthermore, their feet pads are sensitive and will absorb the chemicals on the floors and surfaces they walk on. Avoiding harsh chemical cleaners is one of the best ways to protect your pet's health; discussed below are common chemicals to avoid.
Glycol ethers are found in many cleaning products that are not pet safe including glass cleaners, carpet cleaners and spot removers. It has been linked to anemia, lung damage and kidney damage in people and pets.
Used for fragrance in household cleaners and deodorizers, cosmetics, packaging, toys, food and many other products, phthalates are known hormone-disruptors. Since hormones control so much more than just reproduction in your pet’s system (and yours), phthalates have been linked to indirect symptoms such as weight gain, cancers and developmental delays.
Used in many de-greasers for ovens, glass and stainless steel, ammonia has a very high VOC, burns mucous membranes and contributes to asthma. If it is mixed with bleach, it creates a poisonous gas which can be deadly to small pets.
Chlorine is a toxic respiratory irritant that can damage pets’ skin, eyes or other membranes. It can be found in all-purpose cleaners, automatic dishwashing detergents, tile scrubs, disinfecting wipes, toilet-bowl cleaners, laundry detergents and mildew removers. Chlorine is heavier than air and lands in low-lying areas where pets live.
Greening Your Pet Care by Darcy Matheson
Greening Your Pet Care is the first book by Darcy Matheson - pet care expert, television journalist and dog blogger from Vancouver, Canada. The book is a comprehensive guide for safe, green and sustainable pet care; household safety, vet care, nutrition and outdoor activities are just some of the topics discussed. It's the new must-have for environmentally conscious pet owners.
AspenClean is proud to be featured in the book's Greening Your Home section, discussing the benefits of eco-friendly and pet safe cleaning products.
"With our pets spending much of their time on our floors and furniture, it's extra important to avoid using chemicals that could potentially hurt them...animals have a much higher likelihood of ingesting products that can make them sick, and because of their small size and faster metabolism they can be poisoned by a very small amount of toxins."
- Darcy Matheson