Pet health dangers lurk in spring cleaning

Posted on June 1, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety, Pet News (General)

A long haired Chihuahua sits in a bucket of cleaning supplies.
Although tidying-up during springtime can be good for human health and psyche, it has the potential to be detrimental to pet health.

Compareandsave.com reports the arrival of warm weather rouses the urge to spruce-up homes and yards—but many pet owners don’t realize how hazardous some household cleaners and chemicals can be to dog and cat health.

The website reports that certain cleansers are likely to cause skin irritation and even burns in both animals and humans alike.

According to the source, rust removers, toilet bowl cleaners and calcium removers all have the potential to cause corrosive injury and can result in both dog and cat health care problems.

“Strong acidic and alkaline cleaners in particular should be well-guarded,” the site reports.

Pet Poison Helpline told the source that even milder cleaners can cause problems like diarrhea and vomiting in pets.

Dr. Pete Wedderburn, columnist for the Daily Telegraph, suggests pet insurance as a helpful way to budget for springtime accidents that could occur.

“It does allow you to make the best decisions about your pet’s care without worrying about the financial implications if serious accidents or illnesses do happen to come your way,” he wrote on his blog about health insurance for pets.

Wedderburn added that it’s important to do lots of research when opting for a pet insurance policy.

“It’s worth taking time to go over your selected policy in detail before handing over your credit card details,” he wrote, adding that pet insurance policies that look cheap will likely provide less coverage and benefits.

Though some springtime cleaners only cause slight irritation in pets, according the examiner.com, others can be lethal to pet health.

According to the source, Linseed oil, turpentine and paint thinner can all be dangerous if pets are exposed to them.

Writer for examiner.com, Roberta Baxter, urges pet owners to remember not to leave rags, paint brushes, or sponges lying around after using them combined with chemicals.

“In the evening, when you are finished with your spring preparations, secure all your tools and cleaning products,” Baxter wrote.

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