Your Home Can Be Dangerous To Your Pets
Approximately a million people are poisoned by pesticides annually. But it’s not just humans who are at risk — pets in India can also be harmed by pesticides, as well as many other household chemicals, in seconds. Pets are at an increased risk of getting poisoned because they’re closer to the ground, where carpets and other items that contain toxins can hurt them. Here are some common household chemicals to keep out of reach of your curious pets.
Store Cleaning Products In Rooms Your Pets Don't Enter
Cleaning products commonly contain ingredients such as bleach, chlorine, and ammonia that can cause a variety of health problems in your pets, such as anemia, cancer, and kidney issues. The scariest thing is that such products emit vapors that can still harm your pets even if they don’t consume the products. That’s why they’ve got to be out of reach and locked up somewhere your pet never goes, such as in a locked storage room.
Car Chemicals Can Kill Your Dog
You might not think of your car’s antifreeze as being something that would attract your pets, but it smells sweet to dogs, thanks to its ethylene glycerol ingredient. There have been many news articles about antifreeze killing people’s dogs and cats, which is due to how it irreversibly damages their kidneys. According to research conducted in India, ethylene glycerol has also been linked to hyperglycemia in pets, which is extremely high blood glucose levels that can cause many health problems, such as tissue damage and liver enlargement.
Don’t Forget About Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a substance found in many household cleaning products and furniture in your home. It’s toxic and has been linked to cancer in animals. Research published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine shows that in developing countries, health effects of indoor air pollution outweigh those of outdoor air pollution.
Protect your pets against formaldehyde by placing new furniture and carpets outside for a few hours to decrease their formaldehyde emissions. Choose materials such as solid wood, metal, wool, and stainless steel when furnishing your home, as these are less likely to contain formaldehyde. It's also a good idea to keep throws over furniture, such as chairs and couches, to prevent pets from sitting on them or even chewing them.
Scarily, formaldehyde can be found in shampoos for humans and pets, so avoid anything that contains the following ingredients: Quaternium-15, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and Imidazolidinyl.
You might not think to protect your pets from dangers when they’re at home, but there are many household chemicals and toxins that can harm, or even kill, them. Keep chemicals out of reach and design your home with pet safety in mind to keep them healthy and extend their lifespan.
By Sally Writes
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