How Pet Parents Can Safely Use Disinfectants to Clean The House during this COVID 19 outbreak

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When we’re going through unprecedented times, we need to take every precaution to ensure the safety of ourselves and our pets. In the current scenario, it’s imperative to pay heed to and follow the safety measures issued by the WHO. While we practice social distancing in the time of Corona, it’s equally important to keep your house clean. Regularly cleaning the frequently used surface and objects ensure a healthy home. However, there are some chemicals that might be harmful to pets, or so you may have heard.

Well, in this blog, we are talking about various disinfectants and whether they are harmful to pets or not.

Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)

This chemical is said to be quite effective as it works as an antiseptic. Therefore, it is advised to use it to clean and disinfect the surfaces in your household. Hydrogen Peroxide can be safe to use when in a house with pets. However, ensure that the solution is completely dried out before you let your pet roam and there should be sufficient ventilation as well.

Bleach

 Bleach needs to be used with caution. As it’s very strong, a large amount of it can affect humans and have a harmful effect on pets. It can irritate the skin of your pet, and if ingested, it can harm your pet’s respiratory tract. So, the best way it can be used is to dilute it and then use it in a well-ventilated room. Again, the solution needs to be dried out completely. This way, you are not only safeguarding the house from infection but also protecting your pet.

Phenol 

 This can be quite dangerous for your pet so we don’t advise using it. Pets are vulnerable to Phenol, especially cats as this can cause respiratory damage and could also lead to liver failure in pets. Hence, it’s best if you avoid using it.

Hands Sanitizers

 Many pet parents believe that hand sanitizers are dangerous to pets. Well, you can rest assured and use sanitizer around your pet as it’s not harmful to their health. The alcohol-based sanitizers actually innocuous thus it’s completely safe to use them. However, ensure your pet doesn’t drink the sanitizer so keep it away from their reach.

If you want to keep your furry pal protected, you can follow the simple steps mentioned below for the safety of your pet and you.

  • Always ensure that your pet doesn’t walk on a wet surface as they have a tendency to lick their paws.
  • Keeping the windows open can help a great deal as it will ventilate the house.
  • Also, try to keep your pet away from the disinfected area until it dries. You can use crates or gates made for babies.
  • Keep all the cleaning products out of reach of your pet. If you have to, lock the cabinets and drawers if you’ve got a pet who loves to sniff around.
  • In case your pet ingests any kind of disinfectant and you’re unsure whether it’s safe or not, contact your veterinarian immediately.

We hope these points helped clear your doubts! Now you can safely disinfect your house and keep your buddy healthy.

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