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Unfortunately, our pets are exposed to the many toxins that reside in our homes. The good news is you can help reduce and eliminate the different hazards that pose a threat to your pets’ health. Here’s a rundown on toxins and ways to control them:
What Are They?
Toxins are caused by microorganisms and chemicals and are dangerous to humans and animals alike. They can be found both inside and outside the home. Unfortunately, there is no avoiding them. Your pet inhales them, lays on them, ingests them through food and water, and walks through them. Flame retardant chemicals can be found on your carpets, drapes, and furniture. Certain pet foods alone can contain mycotoxins, bisphenol A, antibiotic residues, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and more. Here are some other pet toxins:
- Cleaning products
- Veterinary medications and vaccinations
- Human foods like onions, garlic, chocolate, and grapes
What Happens When Your Pet Is On Toxin Overload?
When your animal is exposed to too many toxins, it stores them in the body, eventually causing a buildup that hinders the body’s ability to function properly. It can cause diseases like cancer, affect the immune system causing a development of tumors and cysts, or contribute to organ failure.
What Can You Do About It?
There are several things in the home that you can do to minimize the amount of pet toxins:
- Keep Your House Clean: Vacuum at least twice a week and replace the filter to avoid dust discharging back into the air, remove your shoes before entering the house.
- Conscious Cleaning Supplies: Single ingredient household constituents like vinegar, vegetable oil, or plant-based detergents can cover most, if not all of your surfaces.
- Keep Your Pet Clean: Animals secrete toxins through their skin, so bathing them frequently and brushing often will aid in removing stray hairs and other substances that might cause blockage of pores.
- Filter the Drinking Water: Using the tap water from the sink means you’re exposing them to fluoride, heavy metals, chemicals, and other contaminants.
- Change the Food Quality: Just like monitoring your own diet, your pet needs well-balanced, high quality meals to stay healthy. Surprisingly, a lot of the processed food contains artificial colors and flavors, which can harm your pet. Instead, look for fresh, raw foods and limit or exclude grains and excessive carbohydrates from their eating routine.
- Keep Them Active: Just like humans, your pets greatly benefit from exercising on a regular basis. Staying active stimulates waste removal from natural body functions like urination. Toxins can also be ushered through to the liver and kidneys because of increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Ask Your Pet Sitter or Kennel to Check Their Space. Occasionally, you may leave your pet with a dog boarder or kennel. Ask anyone who’ll be keeping your pet overnight if they’ve taken precautions to remove as many toxins as possible from their space.
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