Warmer days and more sunshine mean that spring has finally sprung! After the endlessly long, cold winter we’ve had, many pet owners are diving into their spring cleaning with gusto, which can present safety problems for our four-legged friends. Before you start scrubbing, take a look at these quick tips to help keep your pets protected from common home and garden dangers.
Choose Cleaning Products Carefully
Many cleaning products contain chemicals that can irritate a pet’s sensitive skin and can be dangerous if inhaled or ingested. When choosing cleaners for surfaces that your pets will have close contact with (i.e. floors, bedding, etc.) pick products that avoid bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, and strong scents. Likewise, if you plan to have your carpets cleaned, choose a company that offers water-based carpet steaming or a pet-friendly cleaning chemical.
Protect Your Pet from Pesticides
As the grass begins to green and flowers slowly emerge, you know that weeds and bugs aren’t far behind! When selecting garden products, you need to be extra cautious about what you put on your lawn since pets will have direct, prolonged contact with potentially toxic chemicals. Select a product marked “pet-friendly” or “pet safe” when buying herbicides or insecticides to keep your yard looking lush and your pets away from harsh chemicals.
Pick Pet Safe Plants
Indoors and out, it’s important to select plants that are non-toxic for your pets. Some of the most toxic plants for pets include Calla Lily, Iris, Larkspur, Lily of the Valley, Mistletoe, Philodendron, Poinsettia, Wisteria Daffodil, English Holly, English Ivy, Foxglove, Honey Suckle and Hydrangea. There may be other plants specific to your area that can cause problems for curious cats and dogs, so talk with your local garden centre or consult your veterinarian for more information.
If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to a potentially toxic substance, you should contact your veterinarian or take your pet to the nearest emergency pet hospital.
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