Chemicals in your house - The dangers they pose to your pets & how to avoid them!

Just like humans are vulnerable to exposure to chemicals and toxins in the home, pets are even more so. Dogs and cats can become violently ill when they encounter harmful substances in the form of household cleaning products, pesticides and herbicides. As they are smaller and breathe much faster than humans, they tend to be more susceptible to toxic chemicals. The thing about pets is that their natural curiosity also often causes them to snoop around areas which may contain toxic hazards and as a result, may endanger their lives or compromise their health.

1. Household Cleaners

Modern day household cleaners are the number one offenders which can harm dogs and cats when they come in contact with them. Think about all those lavender and potpourri air fresheners and furniture polishes that you spray liberally in your rooms and on furniture – while they may appear to leave a fresh, clean scent, these products when inhaled, irritate and affect your pet’s breathing passages. Oven cleaners and window cleaning products contain ammonia which is an irritant to the mucous membranes.

Chlorine is potent, toxic gas which can be found in all-purpose cleaners, toilet cleaners, automatic dishwashing detergents, mildew removers and disinfecting wipes – it is a respiratory irritant which can damage your pet’s eyes, skin and upper respiratory tract. Don’t think that your laundry detergent is safe either! Sometimes laundry detergent residue is left behind on pet blankets and clothes which harm Fido or Fifi if they have the habit of chewing on their bedding.

Pet-Safe Solution: Store all cleaning products out of reach when not in use. Use non-toxic home cleaning products which contain biodegradable, natural ingredients and won’t harm you, your pet’s health or the planet. Some dogs and cats may be more predisposed to asthma and upper respiratory problems, and natural remedies from the Feelgood Pets range like Immunity & Liver Support and Respo-K will help to treat and recurring flare-ups of these conditions.  
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2. Human & Veterinary medications

Over-the-counter drugs and medications specifically prescribed for humans are ONLY meant FOR HUMANS! Aspirin, ibruprofen and acetaminophen are toxic for dogs and cats – pet owners often think that it is safe to give their pet the same medications that they take. Pet owners may also unknowingly leave their medications within reach of their pets, who may eat the medication! The same goes for veterinary meds! Vets prescribe flavoured medications for dogs and cats to make them more palatable. Because they taste yummy, your pet may think it is a treat and if left lying around, may gobble more than they should be dosed. Flea and tick products and shampoos for dogs should not be used on cats – very toxic!

Pet-Safe Solution: Keep ALL medications tightly sealed in a closed cabinet out of reach of your pets – remember once you’ve opened the container, to put it away immediately! Make sure that your vet’s contact details are on hand so that you contact him or her  if your dog or cat has ingested any medications (human or veterinary). Note: The PetAlive range has a wide range of herbal and homeopathic products formulated to treat specific conditions and is usually well tolerated, without any risk of side effects. 
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3. Insecticides and garden herbicides

People often use insecticide, fungicides and herbicide sprays and solutions without giving any thought to the effects that these chemicals may have on dogs, cats and other pets like rats, hamsters, birds or even fish. Spring is when we are at our busiest in the garden using garden insecticides and pesticides to control snails, slugs, flies, spiders, caterpillars, or grasshoppers. These pesticides contain the toxinsmetaldehyde and methomyl which are fatal to dogs and cats when ingested.

Pets that have been exposed to metaldehyde or methomyl experience seizures, respiratory arrest and other neurological symptoms if left untreated. Rodenticides (rat or mice poisons) are also extremely lethal if pets ingest these chemicals and your pet should be rushed to the vet for immediate attention, should this occur.

Pet-Safe Solution: If you have your home sprayed with a pesticide or rodenticide, remove ALL  pets for a few days so that your rooms can air. There are natural insecticides and deterrents such as Natura Pet Insect Repellent Spray to deter insects in gardens and on your fur friend. Organic pest control aids help to deal with pesky insect infestations.

Try this Insecticide Garlic Spray to keep insects at bay:

Ingredients: 1 Garlic Bulb; 2 Cups Water; 4 litres Water

Instructions:
Take an entire garlic bulb and two cups of water and blend in blender.
Mix at high speed for 1-2 minutes.
Pour into a container and set aside for up to one day.
Strain liquid through a cheese cloth.
Mix liquid with one gallon of water.
Apply liberally on top and bottom of leaves.
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4. Fertilizer

Chemical fertilizers for the lawn contain nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium with other harmful additives which are toxic to dogs and cats. Dogs, especially will eat fertilizer because it smells like food to them. Symptoms that they may experience include breathing difficulties, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhoea. According to studies, dogs are more likely to develop lymphoma if exposed to lawn fertilizers combined with herbicides.

Pet-Safe Solution: Make sure that fertilizer is kept locked away in your garage or garden shed out of reach of your pets. Make sure that pets do not have access to newly fertilized lawn or use organic fertilizers which are safe for dogs and cats. In cases where dogs have ingested small amounts of lawn fertilizer and experience diarrhoea. Canigest is a pre-biotic & probiotic supplement for pets which helps to settle stomachs.
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5.  DIY chemicals

Your garage or garden shed is another danger zone which could pose a threat to your pet’s life. This is an area where lots of dangerous chemicals are kept – antifreeze, petrol, pool cleaner, paint, paint thinners, or wood varnish. Dogs are usually attracted to antifreeze because it is sweet. After they have ingested small amounts of antifreeze, they may initially appear fine but after a few days, will go into kidney failure.

Pet-Safe Solution: Keep all toxic chemicals locked away safely to prevent your pets from gaining access into them. Always keep your vet’s contact number on hand in case of an emergency. 

No matter how careful you are, harmful chemicals are everywhere and can affect the health of your pets just as they can affect you! Many people like to regularly DETOX their systems by means of herbal teas or natural liver preparations. Feelgood Pets stocks a wonderful combination of tissue salts called AllisOne Pure Synergy which can be mixed with water to cleanse and restore your pet’s system. AllisOne Pure Synergy is the perfect way to protect your pets from harmful toxin build up and keep their systems operating optimally!
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