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Posted on 02-28-2017

Whether you are a neat freak or don’t mind a mess, everyone has to clean their house sometime, and if you have pets, you probably clean your house more often than those without pets. Did you know that some cleaning products can be harmful to pets? Most products can be used safely around pets when instructions on the label are followed. But, here are just a few things to keep in mind:

  • USE WATER: Keep pets away from recently cleaned areas until everything has dried. To reduce any chemical residue potentially left behind, dilute the product with water or rinse with water after cleaning. It will still do its job, but the chemicals won’t be as strong. This is important because if your pet steps in the chemical or gets it on his fur, he will lick it off and ingest the chemical.

  • SAFE ALTERNATIVES: An online search will show easy, all-natural cleaning alternatives. For example, a baking soda scrub can clean up that sticky area around the dog bowl!

  • LOOK CLOSELY: Inspect and clean the toy box to ensure all toys are up to snuff. Throw away any that are no longer used or are too worn. Use non-scented detergent or cleaners when washing pet bedding and linens. Inspect and wash their collar and leash. Clean and disinfect all pet bowls, and consider emptying the pet food bin and disinfecting it as well.

  • PLAY KEEP AWAY: Be sure to keep these common household items out of reach of pets, as they can lead to serious health problems: chocolate, vitamins and minerals, any kind of human medication (cold and allergy, antidepressants, acetaminophen, etc.), various household cleaners, mouse/rat poisons and more.

  • KNOW THE NUMBER: In the event your pet ingests something that may be harmful, call the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America at 314-951-1534 immediately. For 24-hour info, visit www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control  

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America is happy to answer any questions you have about keeping your pet safe. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.

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