In this picture of Frank snuggled up to a giant toy St. Bernard, we can see numerous potential sources of contaminants. For starters, many commercial carpets are laden with formaldehyde. Stuffed animals are coated with flame retardants. The finish on the Wayne’s Coating most likely also contains formaldehyde, as well as toluene, xylenes, and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).
Because dogs (and most other animals) age and develop at a much faster rate, they also respond to contaminants by developing health problems at a faster rate. Their typical pet behaviors of hanging out on the floor, licking and grooming also introduces more contaminants to their system through ingestion.
As you consider safer products for your home, think of the additional benefit your pets will enjoy!
Some simple things you can do starting today, to reduce toxins your pets come in contact with:
- Take your shoes off at the door – you’ll avoid tracking dirt and contaminants from the outdoors to the indoors.
- Use non toxic cleansers, particularly floor cleaners (shameless plug for Sound Earth cleaning products)
- When doling out water for your pets, use water (from a glass container) that you have allowed to air for several hours (this off gases any chlorine in the water). Its easy to just keep a jug ready.
- Use Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic, rather than toxic flea and tick repellents. One tab per 10 pounds is really effective. Frank thinks this is the best treat there is – and he gets THREE whole tabs (he’s about 24lbs)! He’s willing to beg for it!