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National Puppy Day and Spring Cleaning

Springtime is here!

And with the seasons changing, that can only mean one thing… It’s time for Spring Cleaning! But there’s something that you might not  think about when it’s time to freshen up your home… and that’s your pets. Sure you need to clean up after them and remove dust, dirt, and pet hair, but most of the chemicals that people use around the house are VERY toxic.

Not only to us humans, but to your dog or cat! With that being said, here’s a few things you can do to keep your babies safe during Spring Cleaning!

1.Keep the tops of your cleaning supplies *tightly* closed.

If your cat or dog (especially dogs) finds a bottle of cleaner, it’s only natural for them to want to play with that bottle. And if the top isn’t properly closed, it’s only a matter of time before they figure out how to open it. And once it’s open, they could start licking the bottle and drinking what’s inside. And that my friend, is NOT good.

Because once they’ve ingested those chemicals, you have no way of knowing they’re sick until it’s too late. Not to mention if you have a spray bottle… the chemicals could easily get into their eyes and cause irritation, or even blindness. So please, for the sake of your pet’s (and your own) safety… make sure those bottles are tightly closed!

2.Keep cleaning supplies where pets can’t get to them.

Besides making sure the tops of chemicals are tightly sealed, it’s best to keep them away from your pets at all costs. Dogs and Cats are very curious creatures. And they see the world through smells and tastes. So if something smells good to them they’re going to investigate. And if they can get access to it, the next step is to taste what’s inside… and the last thing you want is for your pet to take a sip of Pine Sol, Fabuloso, or any other dangerous cleaning supply. So at the end of the day, place all chemicals in a supply closet, on top of a shelf, or in another room 8that they don’t have access to.

3.Use “non-toxic” cleaning products.

There are all types of “non-toxic” cleaning supplies on the market today. And in some cases they may even work better than their harmful counterparts. So instead of using Pine Sol, Mr. Clean, or Clorox… try using products like Seventh Generation, Mrs Meyers, or Tom’s of Maine. This way you get to clean the house, protect the environment, and your pets at the same time! Using more natural products can also help stop any allergies or sinus problems that may be caused by chemicals used during cleanup.

So there you have it!

Spring cleaning is a necessary evil but it’s important to be safe, not just for yourself, but your dog or cat as well. Also, if you suspect your dog or cat may have ingested something toxic, or any foreign object, please take them to the nearest Animal Clinic ASAP! And if you’re in the Mt.Olivet area, please visit us or contact us today by Clicking Here. 

Thanks for reading!