Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning
Dogs spend a lot of time lying and walking on our floors and carpets, and occasionally lick things off these surfaces. Being aware of the chemicals our pets are exposed to is critical for maintaining their health.
Many common household cleaners contain chemicals that are extremely toxic to dogs. Read labels thoroughly and opt for more natural, pet-friendly products (or make your own)! At the least, keep pets in another room or outside until you are done cleaning and floors have been rinsed and have dried thoroughly.
If cleaning the floors, check the ingredient list--any ammonia, bleach, or ingredients ending in "phenol" are toxic and should NOT be used around dogs.
Bleach can cause stomach issues and corrosion around the mouth if ingested. It can also cause skin and eye problems if accidentally splashed on your pet.
Laundry detergent (tablets, pods, powders) can cause vomiting as well as stomach upset and dehydration.
Dishwasher tabs can look like treats to pets, but can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and burns around the mouth and in the stomach.
Oven and drain cleaners are highly caustic and can cause internal tissue damage and chemical burns around the mouth.
Air fresheners can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and can damage the kidney, liver and central nervous system if swallowed in large quantities.
Consider cleaning your home with vinegar, baking soda or diluted Castile soap as these will not harm your pet. For safer, more natural cleaning options, check out this great article: https://www.prouddogmom.com/pet-safe-natural-cleaning-products/