There are a number of behaviors that our pets do that embarrass us such as drinking out of the toilet bowl, squirming to get to a hard to reach itch, sniffing or worse eating poop and the list goes on and on. But for most pet owners this is just a part of being a pet owner and makes great storytelling. After all pets are our children too!
Did you know that some chemical cleaners that are toxic or products with sythetic fragrances can be a major health issue to your pets? Cancer is on the rise in dogs and cats and there are more chemicals in every day household products from spray cleaners, carpet deodorizers, room sprays and more.
Just like humans, pets are susceptible to these chemicals and they overload their system causing toxic health reactions. Many pets are even more susceptible to household chemicals since they are rubbing, licking, drinking and staying inside a lot more than people.
Keeping a house clean and safe is easy with natural cleaning products. Watch was cleaners you use around the house where your pet hangs the most. We got a few tips from our friends at www.lesstoxicguide.ca
Floor Cleaner, Wax, Polish Conventional products often contain mineral spirits and petroleum solvents, both of which are neurotoxic and can cause severe eye and skin irritation as well as Stoddard solvent which is also neurotoxic. Petroleum solvents may contain traces of carcinogenic benzene. Some wax removers with ammonia contain tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether which can cause narcosis and kidney injury with repeated and prolonged skin exposure.
Carpet cleaners can contain perchloroethylene, a known human carcinogen which can have immediate central nervous system (CNS) effects including dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, tremors and disorientation as well as long term CNS effects. Napthalene, which the Condensed Chemical Dictionary describes as “toxic by inhalation” is another common ingredient. Carpet cleaners may also include butyl cellosolve, a central nervous system toxin, propylene glycol methyl ether which is an eye, skin and respiratory irritant, aliphatic petroleum solvent which is neurotoxic and isopropyl alcohol which is carcinogenic at high concentrations. They may also include detergents which can irritate skin, the carcinogen1,4-dioxane, ethanol, ammonia and fragrances. In areas where there is a large quantity of carpet, the amount of chemicals released from carpet cleaners and deodorizers can be considerable.
Many toilet bowl cleaners are often highly caustic and form toxic gases when mixed with water. They can contain ammonium chloride, a corrosive, 1,4-dichlorobenzine, a carcinogenic pesticide which can cause liver and kidney damage, hydrochloric acid, whose vapours can cause coughing and breathing difficulties, and sodium dichloroisocyanuratedihydrate which is a severe eye, skin and respiratory irritant, which can form carcinogenic chlorine gas. Sulfate-based products containing sodium sulfate or sodium bisulfate may cause asthmatic attacks.
There are a lot of natural products on the market, natural cleaning is a huge category and Whole Foods Market helps customers decipher which products are safest and truly natural. Look for brands that receive “GREEN” ranking by Eco Scale.
Article Source: Eco-Me