House Cleaning Can Be Dangerous to Your Pets Too!

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Veterinarians are diagnosing and treating increasing cases of cancer, poisonings and behavioral problems in pets. The major contributors are chemicals found in common household cleaning products. These chemicals are dangerous to humans as well. They often contain cancer causing carcinogens and other chemicals that damage lungs, hearts, kidneys and livers. They have also been linked to many brain and central nervous system disorders.

Our pets tend to be smaller and therefore more vulnerable. They tend to stay in our homes and other indoor environments longer and more often than we do. Also, pets are in closer contact with cleaning chemicals used on flooring and furniture. As a result, these poisons can act faster and be more harmful to our pets.

One area of major concern is our pet cats. Most cats do not go outdoors at all, so they stay indoors 100% of the time. They are very exposed and their systems do not easily eliminate these harmful chemicals from their systems. There is evidence that shows feline leukemia is on the rise and reaching epidemic proportions.

Our pets rely on us to feed and care for them. Call (214)453-3939 today to improve your indoor working environment.

Here are a few symptoms that your pet may have been over-exposed to poisonous cleaners.

Birds

1. Anxiety
2. Coughing
3. Damage to eyes
4. Difficulty breathing
5. Hormonal changes
6. Seizures

Cats

1. Anxiety
2. Burns on esophagus
3. Burns on the mouth
4. Colic
5. Coma
6. Coughing
7. Damage to eyes
8. Depression
9. Difficult and shallow breathing
10. Excessive salivation
11. Foaming at the mouth
12. Hair loss
13. Heart arrhythmia
14. Hormonal changes
15. Hyperactivity
16. Hyperthermia
17. Panting
18. Restlessness
19. Seizures
20. Shock
21. Skin ulcers
22. Vomiting
23. Weakness

Dogs

1. Anxiety
2. Burns on esophagus
3. Burns on the mouth
4. Colic
5. Coma
6. Coughing
7. Damage to eyes
8. Depression
9. Difficult and shallow breathing
10. Excessive salivation
11. Foaming at the mouth
12. Hair loss
13. Hormonal changes
14. Hyperthermia
15. Restlessness
16. Seizures
17. Skin ulcers
18. Vomiting
19. Weakness

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9 Responses to “House Cleaning Can Be Dangerous to Your Pets Too!”

  1. shmkr_rb

    I never thought of cleaning my house would be dangerous to my pet. But since I read about this one, it made me realize that we should always think of animals as humans. I never want to loose my dog because of my ignorance.

  2. niki_grant

    Oh gees! I was surprised by this article from the title alone. Honestly I tend to be an OC person, and im scared because I don’t want to loose my pet.

  3. jenni_red

    i certainly agree with Dr. Don here. I once owned a love birds, as far as I remember I cleaned the backyard sprays air freshener the next thing I know they were both dead. That was very frustrating.

  4. w_emeric

    Okay, so this is why every time we are cleaning the house my pet dog is always anxious and tension. I never thought that it would affect my pet’s health and behavior.

  5. scja16

    I love my pets. I wouldn’t do anything to harm them. Love your pets too and let’s be cautious. Thanks for posting Dr. Don.

  6. Marychris N.

    Great post! A well done discussion and a very informative article.

  7. Dennis

    This is a serious issue. last year I switched to a steam mop so that my dog wouldn’t have to be near any floor cleaning chemicals.

  8. Truly

    I think my friend’s dog is goind blind, possibly due to an allergy to cleaning chemicals. I’ve warned them about it several times, but I don’t think they realize that things that may be safe for larger humans may be too toxic for small dogs and cats.

  9. Truly

    True, some cleaning agents have been linked to hormonal changes in humans, so why not animals as well?

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