Greetings from the staff at Grand Valley Animal Hospital! With spring on its way, we can’t help but look forward to warmer weather, longer days, and sunnier spirits. We also know that the end of a long winter means spring-cleaning and getting projects done around the house. From big home improvement projects to spring cleaning, our pets can be exposed to toxic chemicals and dangerous equipment. This spring, we want to help make sure you and your pet can enjoy the changing seasons by helping you protect your pets against indoor hazards.
Since March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, we think it’s the perfect time to learn about toxic chemicals your pet might stumble upon in your home.
Nothing brightens up our homes more than a great spring-cleaning! However, we as pet owners must watch out for the chemicals being used around our pets that may be harmful. Make sure any cleaning products you’re using are not in reach of your pet to sniff or swallow as many products we buy contain very harmful chemicals. Even products that read “Natural” do not always mean they’re safe for pets. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the proper use and storage of each product you use as well. Keep cleaning areas well ventilated and make sure they are dry before allowing your pet access.
If a pet ingests toxic chemicals, it extremely traumatic and can be incredibly costly to treat. According to AKC Pet Healthcare statistics, treatment for a pet that ingests a poisonous toxin can cost up to $3,000.00, depending on the severity of their condition.
Products used on home improvement projects can also contain chemicals harmful to our pets such as, paints, solvents and mineral spirits, which can cause severe chemical burns. Again, it’s important to familiarize you and your family with the proper use and storage of these products as well as read the product labels carefully. There are also physical hazards with home improvement projects such as: nails, power tools, insulation, and others of the like. If you are undergoing a home improvement project, consider having a designated pet-friendly room for them to play in.
If you are unsure of any indoor springtime hazards, it’s better to be safe than sorry. All of us here at GVAH are happy to answer any questions you may have!