Let me ask you a question... When choosing a cleaning product for your home, how frequently do you consider how it might affect your dog's health?
If your answer is “never,” I'm going to encourage you to start thinking about that today.
Many commercial cleaning products - and I'm talking about some of the top brands at your grocery store - are loaded with chemicals that can be hazardous to your dog's health.
These potentially toxic ingredients may be a threat to your health , but they also can affect your dog. And your dog's body is far more sensitive than most people realize. A dog's sensitive body systems are irritated by a much smaller amount of chemicals than human systems are. So while a few spritzes of cleaner might be making your nose run, it might also be bothering your dog - but the effects are worse, and they happen faster. Chemicals build up in your and your pet's body over time too. A dose of chemicals that might take years to impact your health might affect your pet's health in only months.
Many toxic chemicals are easily absorbed through skin, paws, and the lungs. When your dog walks on the floor, licks a wall or window, or sniffs a carpet, any chemicals present can find their way into your pet's body with ease.
How can you tell what's safe and what's not? Unfortunately, there's not an easy answer, but I'm going to give you a handy clue.
The secret's in the label. Manufacturers are not required to list potentially dangerous ingredients on product labels. Doing so is purely voluntary. For example, one popular cleaning product tells you what the "active" ingredient is, but the remaining 98.8% - the "other stuff" - aren't listed! Besides, who would want to buy a product that said it contained all kinds of harsh cleaners which could potentially harm their pet or family?
Now, here's the tip I promised to give you which will guide you through this tricky situation...
Although most cleaning products won't list inactive ingredients, they do have to contain a warning label if it contains ingredients which are proven to be hazardous.
The labels will use "signal" words like "Danger", "Warning", or "Caution" to indicate just how toxic the product is. Products labeled "Danger" or "Poison" are typically the most hazardous. Those labeled "Warning" are moderately hazardous and those with a "Caution" label are considered slightly toxic.
For the safety of your dog and other pets (and children, of course), choose products that are nontoxic enough to not require ANY of the signal words on the label. That's the only way you can be assured that your pet won't be poisoned through skin or paw contact, or through their tongue or lungs.