A number of people keep a variety of pets ranging from the more common dogs, cats and parrots to the uncommon birds, tortoises and monkeys. The general conception is that what is safe for humans will obviously be safe for pets as well. We can not be more wrong! Pets are a different species altogether and are harmed by the presence of a lot of things that do not affect us at all in the same way as a number of things that harm us have no influence on pets.
The key is to be careful about what to keep in a house and where to keep it. 10 easy ways to detox your home to help protect your pets are:
- Be careful about the plants in the home or garden – Some of the plants like oleander, sago and lilies can be poisonous to pets if ingested. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a complete list of plants to be avoided in homes with pets.
- The owner needs to be aware of inappropriate foods for pets – A number of food items that we like to eat and have no influence on us can cause damage to pets. Some of these are onions, chocolate, chewing gum, grapes, raisins, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, salt and tomato leaves.
- Use only the appropriate product – It is absolutely essential to read the label to ascertain if the product like flea powder is harmless for a particular pet. A product for dogs can be potentially deadly to cats or vice versa. Also note the correct dosage to be given as a wrong dosage can cause serious damage.
- Storing of cleaning agents – Pets are not as intelligent as we are and hence do not know that cleaning agents are not for consuming. It is absolutely essential to store them in such a way so as to be completely out of reach of pets.
- Using mouse baits – These contain anticoagulants and shut down essential body functions to eliminate pests. Try not to use these but if their use is absolutely unavoidable then make sure that the pets are not around.
- Drugs and medicine storage – A common mistake is keeping medicines by the bedside can cause the pets to eat them up and have serious implications.
- Use of fertilizers and insecticides in garden – Pets should be kept away from gardens where these are used until they have dried completely. Once used these should be put in a ditch and covered. A better alternative is to use all-organic compost that does not harm the pets.
- Storage of automotive products – Even a single spoon of antifreeze can be deadly for a dog or a cat and hence these need to be stored in places that cannot be accesses by pets.
- Avoid use of synthetic and aerosol products – Almost all of us use synthetic room fresheners and cleaning products to rid our homes of germs and odors. These should be avoided in homes with pets and instead we should use the vacuum cleaner more often.
- Care of air conditioning system – The vents from where air comes out should be cleaned at regular intervals so as to avoid build up of dust. This dust circulates when the unit is switched on causing a number of problems.