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Spring Cleaning Your Pet Can Live With

albuquerque spring petSpringtime is coming to New Mexico, after a few more snow storms of course. I know I have already started on my spring cleaning. Though digging into all that dirt and grime and organization feels great mentally, it doesn’t always make your pets feel great. Many cleaners have potential toxic effects on your pets. Though you may have on gloves and masks to keep yourself safe, your pet does not. Plus your pet sniffs everything and grooms themselves with their mouth, which can lead to more toxic exposure than the humans in your house.

Before we get into safe cleaning products, it is good to know the potential symptoms of toxic exposure in your cat or dog.

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal and eye discharge
  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Death

The problem is that often times signs of more serious complications like kidney or liver failure, cancer, and other severe illness won’t appear until your pet is extremely sick.


Things you want to avoid in your cleaning products:

  • Phenols (which are typically found in cleaners with the word “sol” in the name)
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde (found in general household cleaners)
  • Bleach
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Perchloroethylene (found in rug and carpet shampoos)

Of course, all of these things are good for humans to avoid as well.

There are many great ways that you can use more natural cleaning ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda that can be wonderful cleaners, but even these can have negative effects on your pet if ingested.  There are green and pet safe cleaners, but that is no guarantee that they won’t cause issues in your pets. Always use proper ventilation when cleaning and we recommend not allowing your pet into the area you are cleaning. Never put cleaners directly on your pet’s fur or skin. Do not let them eat or drink any cleaning product, even if it is all natural.

If you think your pet has had toxic exposure to any cleaning product, even pet safe ones, call your vet immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680).

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.