When you get a new dog, you probably run through ways to prevent him from wreaking havoc in your home, like getting him trained or housebreaking your dogs ASAP. But the reverse holds true: your house can be a dangerous place for your dog – and there are many toxins lurking in every corner. A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pets are being contaminated with the same chemicals that have been intoxicating people.
One of the most dangerous type of substances you don’t want your dog getting anywhere near are cleaning products. Sadly, there are many that you use all around your house – and it may surprise you that even some “natural” alternatives to chemical cleaners can be harmful to your dog. Here’s a rundown of five of the most toxic cleaning agents to avoid.
This is commonly found in cleaning products for ovens, glass, steel and more. Ammonia’s got volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can lead to breathing problems such as asthma and burn mucous membranes. When mixed with bleach, it forms a toxic gas that can be fatal to small pets. Ingredients like ammonia, bleach and chlorine are dangerous even when they’re stored after use because of their toxic fumes, so always keep these cleaning agents locked away and out of reach of your pets.
Your dog usually sleeps on the carpet, so you want to clean it regularly to keep it clean and your dog germ-free, but you could be doing more harm to your pet than you realize. Although it’s convenient to clean with carpet shampoos that eliminate dirt without the use of soap or water, they often have a strong smell that can affect your pets, especially if they’re used in a badly-ventilated room. Carpet cleaners can cause health problems such as headaches, irritation, congestion, eye and lung irritation, and nausea.
Toilet Bowl Tablets
You pop a toilet bowl tablet into the toilet to keep it fresh and clean, but if your dog drinks water out of the toilet, this could be dangerous. The chemicals found in toilet bowl tablets are likely to give your dog stomach upset. But there’s also the risk of bacteria naturally found in the toilet bowl water that can lead to more serious problems, such as bacterial infections. Always put the toilet lid down to prevent curious Fido from taking a sip!
Vinegar And Water
This is a surprising cleaning agent on the list, but vinegar is acidic which can be very dangerous to pets if ingested. It can cause oral irritation, pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although some people claim vinegar can be beneficial to dogs and safe, there are other reports that it’s poison. Better to be on the safe side and avoid it.
Another natural cleaning solution for homes is essential oils. These are often used in spray bottles to work as a natural room spray or as part of DIY cleaning recipes. However, since pets have a stronger sense of smell than us, the essential oils that smell amazing to us can be too strong and overwhelming for them. Essential oils can also lead to irritation and allergic reactions.
You might think that since essential oils are sometimes found in pet products, they’re safe for your furry friends. But remember: these oils are very diluted in such products, whereas when you use them around the house they might be potent enough to irritate your dogs. It’s worth checking out the list of safe essential oils for use around dogs, as this will ensure that you protect your pooch and keep the bad stuff away from them.
You might not consider household cleaners as being dangerous to your pets, but they can cause serious side-effects and even death. By knowing what chemicals are harmful to dogs, you can keep your pooch happy and healthy, for many more walks in the park!