Your pet’s immune system varies from yours, meaning that things like lilies and banana peels that are harmless to people, could be fatal to your pet. Use this post to stay educated on the substances that may be harmful to your pet and other animals.
Household cleaning products containing bleach, ammonia, and chlorine, as well as certain fabric softeners can be fatal to dogs, cats, rodents, birds, and other animals. Laundry products are known to cause anaemia, kidney failure, and even cancer in many animals. Even if you keep these products locked away in a cabinet, the vapors they emit can be especially harmful to pets with sensitive respiratory systems like rodents and birds, and to older pets who may have breathing issues.
If you live in a cold climate, it is important to keep your antifreeze away from pets. Curious animals may be tempted to get into containers that are left on the ground due to the sweet ethylene glycerol flavour, which is the main ingredient in antifreeze and attracts animals to come and take a look. Remember to keep all of your garage chemical locked up to ensure a safe winter for everyone in the family, including your furry family members.
Formaldehyde is used for much more than just embalming bodies. It is one of the most widely used manufacturing chemicals and can be found in everything from furniture to household chemicals, and is known to cause cancer in animals. Ensure that your pet does not chew your furniture and access the formaldehyde by creating blockages or keeping your pets in a safe, furniture-free space. You can also buy sprays to use on your furniture that discourage chewing.
Put any garbage cans up high where they will be safe from fuzzy intruders, or use garbage cans that come equipped with an easy-to-seal lid. Pets are attracted to the smorgasbord of smells available from trash cans, and can often cannot resist getting a better look and tasting the loot inside. Keeping your garbage out of the reach of pets will save your pet a trip to the emergency room, and save you money on vet bills, and time spent cleaning up after a spilled garbage can.
Keeping your home safe for your pets requires foresight and careful planning. As a pet parent, you will need to baby proof your house just as you would for a newborn human infant. While this may seem like a lot of work, pets today are a part of the family, and doing everything possible to keep them safe and happy is paramount. Keeping your home pet-friendly will allow you and your furry friend to spend many wonderful years together, and give you the peace of mind that your furry baby is safe.