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Day in the Life: A House Pet Living in a Chemical Laden Home

Imagine your name is Fido. You have four legs, a tail, are covered with fur, and the only things that matter in life are eating your delicious dog food, playing with your ball, chewing your bone, and receiving love and attention from your owners. You enjoy the simple life – running outside, lying in the sun and sometimes you get to go swimming. You get more than 16 hours of sleep a day and couldn’t be more relaxed. What could be better?

Life as a dog, or any house pet for that matter, most definitely has its perks. Heck, on some days, we would like to trade them places! However, no matter how glorious their lives must seem, the fact of the matter is, by living inside of the house most the time, animals are extremely susceptible to household toxins and cleaning chemicals (sometimes more so than humans, as they spend many more hours inside the home than we do).

Because dogs and cats spend the majority of their time lying on surfaces such as carpeting, wood flooring, any chemicals that are used to keep the carpet stain-free and the wood floor shining are inhaled by animals, and absorbed into their skin. Is there a spill on the counter? If a dog licks it up, they also ingest the counter cleaner you used 30 minutes ago. When they’re thirsty, they may venture to the toilet, sink or shower that may have been cleaned with harsh, toxic cleaners and abrasives, which then make their way into the animal’s organs, accumulating and many times causing illness and cancers.

It’s easy to overlook the impact of chemical cleaners on animals, as residue left on surfaces or in carpeting is most of the time invisible to the human eye. If it looks clean and smells clean, we don’t really think about fumes that may be circulating through the air, or the negative effect of the chemicals residing on the surfaces of our homes. That’s where we come in – it is our mission to prove that “clean” doesn’t have a smell, shouldn’t leave chemicals on your surfaces, and doesn’t compromise your health, or the health of your pets.

When it comes time to clean your home, choose safe, chemical-free cleaners. Or, give us a call to do the job for you! Fido will thank you. Woof!
Safety Note: If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, it’s a good idea to contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for help.