Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Not so "green" for pets

Sue Manning, Associated Press, says so-called "healthy" or "green" cleaning products designed to help humans may not be so great for animals.

Most cleaners are OK if you follow instructions--but if you make your own, there are no instructions and this can lead to trouble.

Cats, for example, can get sick from "essential oils" such as orange, lemon, and peppermint.

If a product says keep away from children, also keep it away from pets.

Take "pet friendly antifreeze." It's still not good for pets, though it's not as deadly as ethylene-glycol.

Every species has a different sensitivity--actually, every animal does. And each product is also different concentrations.

Also--labels lie. Green may not be green.

For one thing, do not use softener sheets on pet bedding. Water...wash stuff with water. Maybe baking soda.

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