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    • 15 May, 2020

    Pet-friendly spring cleaning

    As we find ourselves with more spare time on our hands than we normally would, some of you may be considering a spring clean.

    Whilst spring cleaning comes with many benefits, we must ensure our pet’s safety whilst using cleaning products. Here are a few tips, ideas and concerns to think about whilst preparing for your big clean.

    Always use pet-friendly cleaning products

    Where possible, try to use natural cleaning products, such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. Products such as bleach, oven cleaner, dishwasher tablets and laundry detergents (to name a few) can be extremely harmful to pets so take extra precaution when using these.

    Any product that is harmful to us is likely to be harmful to our pets. Some products that are safe for us will have toxic effects on animals.

     

    Keep your pets away from cleaning products

    Always follow the instructions on the labels, and wash down surfaces after using the products to reduce the risk of your pet coming into contact with the chemicals. Keep your pets out of the room which you are cleaning and don’t let them back in until you’re happy everything has been rinsed down, dried and well ventilated.

    When you have finished your spring cleaning, ensure all cleaning products are stored in a safe area where your pet cannot reach them.

    Signs of toxicity in pets can include (but are not limited to):
    • Ulcerations on the skin and/or the mouth
    • Vomiting
    • Coughing
    • Collapsed
    • Lethargic
    • Unlike themselves
    • Reduced appetite
    • Dribbling or foaming from the mouth
    • Rubbing their faces on surfaces, objects or with their paws.

    If you suspect your pet has had contact with cleaning products or ingested any (even if you’re unsure), then seek veterinary attention immediately.

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