Saturday, November 17, 2018


 Ellie, new to rescue, is resting comfortably.   I know she would want you to know how important it is to use safe cleaning products in your home-- not only for your family, but for your Pekes and other pets.  (Birds are especially sensitive to things that are toxic.)
 Some of my Pekes are special needs, most are older or have health problems. 
 Nala is my most medical dog here.  She saw me throw her toy into the washing machine, and was horrified.  But, it's important to keep the toys clean.  I use a safe cleaning product for my washing machine.  And it's important to do extra rinses to get all of the detergent out. 
 Because of  Nala, I've done more research into what is safe.  Since she has IMHA, seizures and other health issues, it's critical that I keep the house a healthy place for her.   I use mostly vinegar to clean, because it's non-toxic.  Many of us love the smell of a "clean house" when you've used a product that is "scenty" but sometimes, those are just not safe.  A pine oil based cleaner can be extremely toxic for your dogs.   Here is a link:  Pine Oil Poisoning in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost
 You may think if your pet is on a table (like Granger) or a couch while you clean, they are safe.  But, some of the symptoms of pine oil poisoning are felt in the eyes, nose, ears, lungs and skin.   Symptoms like:  difficulty swallowing, hyperactivity, lethargy, nausea, breathing trouble, coma, confusion, depression, drooling, panting, respiratory distress, frequent urination, diarrhea, vomiting.   Even death.   Some of these can come on even though you think you have rinsed the floor safely.   Breathing in toxic smells can be dangerous, ingesting them (from licking paws) even more so.   
 Simon and Bella want us all to be safe and healthy.   I found another article on Pet Safe cleaners: 
10 Pet-Safe, Kid-Safe, Green Household Cleaners | ActiveBeat  Vinegar and baking soda are used a lot.   Lemon juice mixed with water is good, too. 
Harrison wants us to be clean and safe, so I hope these tips will help.
Our pets are so important to us-- we need to keep them safe. 


LadyJicky said...

I have to look into mine now!

Ginkgo's Daddy said...

Excellent article, Linda. I read not too long ago that scented candles, scented oils, air fresheners, etc., can kill cats. I would assume the same is true for dogs.