As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread rapidly, many are doing their best to keep their homes and workplaces as clean as possible.
However, some of those disinfectants that fight COVID-19 may also be putting your pets in danger.
These cleaning products are the same ones that were likely already in use in your home. The issue is that the pandemic has raised the frequency of use. That means that there are more opportunities for poisonings to happen.
As pet owners, we need to stay diligent about keeping our pets safe around cleaning products in the home.
Cats are particularly at risk. They are small, and their bodies do not handle toxins well because they lack certain liver enzymes. On top of that, cats are constantly licking their fur.
On the other hand, even though dogs are larger and metabolize chemicals differently, they do lick their paws. They also tend to lap up liquids, especially those left in buckets.
Of course, it’s not reasonable not to disinfect our spaces. So what can you do to keep your pet safe while you clean?
It’s simple, really. The best thing you can do it keep your pet out of the room, especially if you’re using an open mop bucket. If you use paper towels, disinfectant wipes, or anything else disposable, throw these items away in covered trash cans away from your pet’s reach.
Make sure that everything has dried completely before allowing your pet back into the space.
If you think your pet may have come into contact with a cleaning product, contact your veterinarian immediately for assistance.