Our pets are often more susceptible to exposure to toxins and harmful chemicals that can be found inside our homes. Cats, dogs and other pets are closer to garage floors, lawns, carpets and restricted places that may have harmful substances such as residues of pesticides. They are closer to garbage and recycle bins to make sure that you have a professional rubbish removal Bondi, for example, Extra Cheap Rubbish Removal to take care of your waste regularly.
Pets are naturally curious and like exploring their surroundings. However, their lack of knowledge about toxic wastes makes them more likely to encounter harmful substances that can affect their health. Their bodies also find it harder to eliminate toxins because they have a faster metabolism and smaller lungs. If you are a pet owner and is worried about what other substances you may have overlooked that can harm your pet, then below are the top household chemicals that are dangerous to their health.
- Lawn Fertilizers
Studies have shown that a link has been found between the herbicide 2, 4-D that is found in lawn fertilizers and malignant lymphoma in dogs. The dogs are two times more likely to develop lymphoma if their owners sprayed 2,4-D herbicide on the lawn four or more times a year and even just one spray a season risks cancer for them. There are many safer and nontoxic alternatives such as corn gluten. Remember also to wash the paws of your dogs after running on lawns which may have fertilizers that are toxic to them.
- Insecticides And Garden Herbicides
We often use insecticides and herbicides in our garden to control pests but have you ever considered its effects on our pets? One example is Metaldehyde that is found in slug and snail baits. Metaldehyde can cause rapid onset of neurological symptoms that can be fatal if untreated for pets. Once ingested, your pet will require to be hospitalized within 24 hours. Also, fly baits and garden insecticides contain methomyl or carbofuran which can cause seizure and respiratory attacks for dogs and cats. Even empty bottles of insecticides still contain toxins so make sure to dispose of them properly. Having a professional rubbish removal in Inner West Sydney like Extra Cheap Rubbish Removal can help you with proper waste disposal.
- Flea Control Chemicals
Flea repellent contains chemicals like Pyrethrin and d'Limonene which is derived from citrus peels and can be toxic especially to cats. Some flea sprays also use essential oils which are particularly hazardous to felines because it is absorbed rapidly in their skin and can enter their bloodstream. Although their initial reaction is not adverse, regular use of essential oils can lead to future problems to their health. Some natural ingredients like tea tree oil and pennyroyal oil can also be toxic to pets. Other alternatives that are safer for pets include electric flea traps and diatomaceous earth that can kill most insect invaders.
- Household Cleaners
Most household cleaning products have ingredients such as chlorine, bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde can put pets at risk for kidney damage, anemia, and cancer. Their vapors that are left behind can continue to harm pets even if they are already kept in a closed container. Oven cleaners and window cleaning formulations have ammonia that is an irritant to the mucous membranes. Also, all-purpose cleaners, automatic dishwashing detergents, tile scrubs, disinfecting wipes, and toilet-bowl cleaners have chlorine that is a toxic respiratory irritant that can damage pets’ skin, eyes or other membranes.
Our domestic pets don't have defenses against the dangers of chemicals in our home, so it is up to us owners on how to prevent these harmful substances from reaching them and causing health issues and hazards. Always take preventive measures to ensure that your pets are healthy and free from harm.