Your Environment: Healthy or Toxic To Your Dog?

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Your Environment: Healthy or Toxic To Your Dog?

Is Your Environment Toxic?

Imagine living in a toxic environment that made you sick. Every day you wake up anxious, irritable, or heaven forbids suddenly experiencing seizures. Now imagine you’re hypersensitive and more susceptible to toxins and stressors in the environment than others around you. Well, that’s life for your pet. A dog has sensitive senses, and they are more finely tuned than ours. Your poor pup is dramatically more affected by environmental pollutants than you are and they can’t do anything about it. Thankfully you can help.

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Some Environmental Dangers Facing Your Dog

Think about all the different kinds of toxic pollution your pet is bombarded with every day. There’s noise pollution, chemical toxins, cleaning agents, air pollution and second-hand smoke. All of these substances can place havoc on your dog’s nervous system and body. You don’t necessarily have control over some of the pollutants you live with, but you do for some. For example:
  • Do you or someone in your household smoke? Secondhand Smoke affects our pets. Dogs who live with cigarette smokers are at risk for nasal sinus cancer and lung cancer, they may also suffer from respiratory problems as asthma and bronchitis.
  • Do you clean with chlorine bleach? You may want to stop this use ASAP because this is a toxic substance that can cause destructive behavior in our dogs and cause a symptom that mimics separation anxiety.
  • Do you give your dog flea and tick medications? Some products can lead to neurological problems for the animal. It's crucial for owners to talk with their vet and make sure you have the correct type and dosage for your pet’s size.
  • Do you use fertilizer and chemicals on your grass? We all love a beautiful lawn and Fido loves it too but not when it’s laced with toxic material. These chemicals are a primary cause of seizures in dogs, especially during the spring months.
  • Have you ever wondered what the terrible yucky slime is in your dog's water bowl? Well, that invisible monster is called Biofilm and can cause all sorts of havic with your pet.
  Your Environment: Healthy or Toxic To Your Dog?

Start Today And Make Changes In Your Life and Your Dogs Life. Remove Toxins.

There are fantastic natural cleaning products and agents on the market. Also, there are simple household products that make excellent cleaning products. I bet if you open your pantry and fridge right now, you have these products readily available to use today. Natural products are an easy change and will make a drastic positive change in your home environment. Itchy dog? Hot spots or skin allergies? Use a natural shampoo and request it at the groomers. It’s best to by-pass the fragrance and smelly perfume even if told it's pet-friendly. Don’t you want to be safe than sorry?

What Are Natural Cleaning Agents? They Are Not Toxic.

  • Lemon juice: This wonder fruit is an excellent stain remover. The bonus is the crisp scent that freshens the air naturally. Squeaky-clean.
  • Distilled White Vinegar: What better way to kill bacteria and mold on countertops, floors and just about anything else you clean. It’s acidic property cuts through a lot of scum and gum.
  • Baking Soda: What a wonder item to have in your kitchen. Baking soda will freshen, deodorize, clean carpets, upholstery, and clothes. It’s excellent for cleaning sinks and floors.
It’s reassuring to know these items are pet-friendly. Pin this to your board for reference- Your Environment: Healthy or Toxic To Your Dog? The Bottom Line – Toxins Are A Serious Cancer Threat We now know that the most serious cancer threat comes from the products we put in and on our bodies. Skin lotions, shampoo, cleaners, toothpaste, and hair products…. The list goes on and on. If it can harm you, it can harm your dog as well.

It’s more important than ever to protect not only yourself but your dog as well.

  • Never use ammonia-based products to clean.
  • Never use Pine Sol if you have a dog or cat in your home- it’s deadly.
  • Dog-proof your house as if you have a young child living with you. Look out for medications, gum, and candy!
  • Dog-proof your garage and be sure the snowmelt, rat killer, antifreeze, and all car fluids are safely stored away.
  • Hand sanitizers can be toxic so don’t let your dog lick your hands after you apply it and keep the bottle out of reach.
  • After going for a walk, clean your dog’s paws before they do! You have no idea what they step on. They will clean their paws if you don’t do it first. Paw Wipes are wonderfully handy!

Your Environment: Healthy or Toxic To Your Dog?

Sadly, our environment is polluted. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and even some of the foods we eat. We can control some of the toxins in our environment by changing our habits and using common sense. Not only will the changes be beneficial to you and your family but your pet as well. Taking an environmentally safe approached is not a healthier choice but often cost effective too. It’s a win-win!

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  • There is a lot of great info thank you! I had no idea about Pine Sol! I will have to try the distilled white vinegar instead!

    Devin on
  • Excellent reminders! It can be tough to keep everything that is toxic for your pets out of your home. I love the idea of using distilled vinegar to clean things. That works really well and both you and your pets can actually drink it if you want to.

    Robin on
  • There are a number of cleaning products that can be dangerous for pets. Thanks for shining a light on this issue.

    Amy Shojai, CABC (@amyshojai) on
  • Your welcome Nichole, Over time I’ve really adjusted my habits to accommodate my dogs.It use to be so important to me to have a beautiful green lawn with zero weeds—- until I understood the ramifications of the chemical exposure!

    Maureen Lake on
  • Thanks for all this info as Layla is allergic to the enviroment :)

    Ruth and Layla on

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