Since we're spending more time inside thanks to colder weather, it's important to do a "check up" on your house to be sure you and your beloved four and two-footed family members are not getting exposed to chemicals.
Recently some studies have come out with findings that animals are being exposed to and affected by PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from many different sources in our homes. These chemicals, along with others are causing a myriad of illnesses, from hypothyroidism to immune issues, endocrine disruption, lung issues, liver and kidney function and skin problems.
1) Treated carpets and furniture, including pet beds. Carpets and slip covers treated with stain repellents, or made from polyester and other synthetic fibers.
2) Teflon pans. Time to replace those as the out-gassing is harmful to you and everyone in your household.
3) Gore-Tex! Yikes!
4) Chemical cleaners. Floor, carpet, bathroom cleaners.
5) Air fresheners and scented candles.
6) Smoke. Cigarette smoke and chimney smoke.
7) Take Out containers.
1) Natural, untreated fabrics. Look for cotton, wool, linen, bamboo. Get pet beds stuffed with wool, recycled cotton jeans etc., with washable heavy cotton covers.
2) Cast iron, stainless steel, glass, and "Green" cookware. Put your companion's meals and water in glass, ceramic or stainless.
3) Skip the Gore-Tex or store jackets/ponchos in a box when dry and not in use.
4) Natural cleansers like vinegar, baking soda, castille soap and the many lines of natural, safe cleansers you can find in your local health food store. * Be careful of essential oil scented cleansers. (Click HERE for more info on essential oil dangers)
5) Fresh air! Open windows, use beeswax, soy-based, unscented candles that are safely away from curious paws and noses. Or even better, use rechargeable battery operated candles and tea lights. No harm if they get knocked over, but be sure they don't become chew toys.
6) Keep the chimney clean. Invest in good air filters and be sure smokers smoke outside only.
7) Ask for recyclable, paper-based take out containers in paper bags. Remove food quickly from containers onto real plates/bowls. Don't let dogs or cats lick food off the take out containers with PFAS!
There you go. Hope this helps keep you and your beloveds safe and healthy!
With Love, Your Voice of Animals,