Why Your Spring Clean Could be Deadly for Your Pets


Dogs / Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
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Animal experts are warning pet owners of the dangers their cleaning regimes may present to their pets. The household cleaning products that we all have in our cupboards can be extremely hazardous and it is all too easy for cats and dogs to meet with disaster. If you are giving your house a traditional spring clean, then you may be using more of these chemical products than usual.


Caustic Burns

A pet dog recently had to be put down after sustaining caustic burns to its paws, legs and mouth. These had been caused by ordinary laundry detergent. Toilets also represent a threat as animals do tend to take a sneaky drink from them from time to time. If they are used to drinking water from the toilet they may not realise that chemicals are present. Many toilet cleaning products are highly corrosive and can seriously damage animals’ skin and ulcerate their throats. It only takes a small amount to cause serious problems.

Special Warning

The PDSA has issued its annual spring cleaning danger warning to raise awareness of the issue. Bleach, dishwasher tablets, oven cleaner and laundry detergents are all hazardous products for pets. Animals are often attracted to the packaging as the containers look like interesting toys to chew. All cleaning products should be locked away safely and pets shut out of rooms which have been cleaned using caustic agents.

Floor Cleaners

It is easy to forget that even a freshly cleaned floor could harm a pet. The animals will not be wearing slippers and could suffer burns to their paws. Cats groom themselves and so may lick and ingest residue product which remains on their feet. All surfaces which have been cleaned should be rinsed thoroughly, just in case.

Seek Help Urgently

If you do suspect that your pet has come into contact with cleaning products or may have eaten something they shouldn’t, take them to the vet immediately. The quicker that they receive treatment, the more likely they are to evade serious injury. Swift action could be the difference between life and death.

The signs of trouble include ulcerated or irritated skin, including inside the mouth, vomiting, coughing, excessive salivation, foaming at the mouth and pawing at the mouth.

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