Toxic Chemicals And How To Replace Them Around The House With Natural Products
I love my dogs. The most devastating thing was hearing the words "Your dog has cancer". I did everything I could to help my dogs. It is very expensive money wise, time wise and emotionally.
After Snowy was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his tonsil I began doing a lot of research. It is sad that there is not more research done on our pets but luckily there is an amazing amount of research on people.
Squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck area is a largely preventable disease. (1) It is caused by 1 of two things – a virus or by chemicals. The type that Snowy and Timber had was caused by chemicals. The chemical one is very difficult to treat and very aggressive. In people squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck is primarily caused by smoking.
Many chemicals you use around your house cleaning, weed control and more can be very toxic to your dog and cats and other animals. Dogs may come in contact with chemicals by: chewing on things that have chemicals on them, rolling around on grass and other things that have been treated, inhalation is another route and being absorbed through their paws.
Removing Toxic Chemicals From Your Pets Environment
Here are a few simple things you can do to start to remove toxic chemicals from your pets and families life and go natural.
The yard is many dogs kingdom. Using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicide can be very toxic to your dogs. Using multiple products can have a synergistic effect (it can compound the effects). Here are a few ways to start to remove chemicals from your yard.
Natural Herbicides (weed killers)
For weeds you can use vinegar you cannot use vinegar around other plants or on grass. Vinegar will kill foliage it comes in contact with.
Corn gluten applied in the spring will keep weeds from germinating and will help fertilize your grass. It is more expensive than lawn weed killers but with the added benefit of just one application and a fertilizer it helps offset the costs.
There are several things you can use to control pest.
- Worm casting works great to keep white flies down.
- Cedar and lemongrass oil work good to control fleas, repel mosquitoes, bed bugs and more.
- Nematodes - there are different kinds of nematodes you want the ones that will kill fleas, ticks and other bad bugs and leave you, your family and pets alone. They can be found online and in some pet stores.
You can make a natural super easy inexpensive fungicide for your plants.
- 4 level teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Castile soap
- 1 gallon water
Shake well and spray.
Inside The House
Many cleaning chemicals in the house can make your dog and cat sick. There are many natural cleaners on the market now and they work really well. The good news they are not too expensive and a little goes a long way. You can always make your own by using some quality essential oils (make sure they are ones your pets can tolerate cats are very sensitive an you may want to air out the area before you bring them back in) and some Castile soap.
A small investment in a floor steam cleaner can go a long way in keeping your floors sparkling clean and does not use any chemicals. If you need to scrub them first you can use a natural cleaners or 2 tablespoons vinegar to 1 gallon warm or hot water water works well.
Chemicals can have different effects on you and your pets. Here are some of the effects they can have (you will have to review the chemicals in the products and go online.) You can find some information on www.ewg.com or you can look on www.scholar.google.com search. Here are a few things that some chemicals can do:
- Endocrine disrupter
- Cause cancer
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- And more
I hope these few tips will help keep your pets, you and your family healthy. It takes a little effort to identify all those chemicals and how to replace them but it is well worth the effort.
To a happy and healthy dog, cat and family.
Have a great walk and explore the world with your family and dog.
Snowy, Novi, Timber & Melinda
1. Molecular biology of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck; B Perez-Ordoñez, M Beauchemin, R C K Jordan
This is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult with a doctor.