Keeping Your Pets Safe During Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! It’s a rejuvenation time for most people. As the weather continues to get warmer, it’s only natural for us to open the windows to let in the fresh air, start anew, and start spring cleaning to welcome the upcoming season.

But a lot of the cleaning products that have a pleasant, “fresh,” smell can actually be quite toxic – for people and pets. We thought we would talk about a few dangerous chemicals to avoid that are in many cleaning products, and a few alternatives that can help keep your home clean and everyone safe.

Make sure you check the labels of your home cleaning products, and avoid products that contain:

  • Phenols (which are typically found in cleaners with the word “sol” in the name)
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde (found in general household cleaners)
  • Bleach
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Perchloroethylene (found in rug and carpet shampoos)

Consider cleaning your home with more natural, pet-friendly ingredients. You can clean your carpets with baking soda and essential oils. Lemon or rose water with lavender will clean the floors, and the counters will shine with a combination of vinegar, water, lemon, and an essential oil of your choice.

If you suspect or know your pet has been exposed to a cleaning product or other toxic substance, immediately contact your veterinarian. Or, if it’s an emergency, contact Angell Animal Medical Center Emergency service to provide 24-hour emergency service. Please call 617-522-7282 or visit www.angell.org/emergency, if you require assistance with your pet. A great resource for managing pet toxicities is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), which can be reached at 888-426-4435.

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