Chemically Polluted Pets
What You Use To Clean Your Home Ultimately Ends Up Inside Your Pet. Choose Wisely.
Study after study shows that indoor and outdoor home chemicals such as cleaning products, air fresheners, fire retardants treated lumber decks, stain-proofing chemicals, chemicals from cooking fumes, and lawn pesticides are contaminating our pets’ bodies.
Science has noted that most of these chemicals are considered potentially mutagenic carcinogens.Don’t panic though; this post is meant to empower you to make changes that will go a long way to protect you and your pet. The goal is to prevent these exposures from disrupting the essential functioning of the body, impacting DNA, cellular membranes, and protein.
In the most famous study to date by the Environmental Working Group : “Dogs and cats were found to be contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people, according to our study of plastics and food packaging chemicals, heavy metals, fire retardants, and stain-proofing chemicals in pooled samples of blood and urine from 20 dogs and 37 cats collected at a Virginia veterinary clinic.
Major gaps in our system of public health protections allow most industrial chemicals on the market with no mandatory safety testing. Chemical companies do not have to prove products are safe before they are sold, or understand how much of their chemicals end up in people, let alone pets. There are few standards that limit chemical contamination in pet food, pet toys, and other products for our companion animals. For pets as for people, the result is a body burden of complex mixtures of industrial chemicals never tested for safety.
Health problems in pets span high rates of cancer in dogs and skyrocketing incidence of hyperthyroidism in cats. Genetic changes can’t explain the increases in certain health problems among pets. Scientists believe that chemical exposures play a role.”
Looking for some pet safe DIY cleaning recipes?
1 litre of water
6oz of white vinegar
3oz of rubbing alcohol
FOR WOOD FLOOR:
Mix together in a bucket-
4 cups of water
1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon of Castile Soap
FOR A ALL PURPOSE CLEANER SPRAY:
Mix together in a glass spray bottle-
6oz of white vinegar
6oz of water
5 drops of grapefruit seed extract