Healthy Dogs – Happy Dog Owner
Read along to learn about simple ways to keep your dogs at the peak of health and avoid some serious dangers that are probably lurking in your home right now. At the end I share my recipe for a safe, non-toxic carpet and cat box deodorizer.
Pause and Pay Attention to the Paws
Did you know that dogs absorb everything, and I mean everything through their paws? And have you ever known a dog that didn’t lick their paws? Think about it. They walk outside, in the grass, on the sidewalk, everywhere and absorb all the toxins. I think we all probably understand that. But did you know, the common cleaners you use in your home are also toxic to your dogs? So…anyone have a dog always chewing on their paws? If so, your floor cleaner could be to blame.
Ingredients such as Methylchloroisothiazolinone, often found in floor cleaners and even many personal care products, is a known toxin and cause of allergies and immunotoxicity. What is immunotoxicity? It is defined as adverse effects on the functioning of the local and systemic immune systems. In layman’s terms, it means it prevents your body’s immune system from working properly. And the same goes for your dogs. And since dogs are smaller, toxins can build up in their bodies so much quicker. I recommend doing a deep dive on the ingredients in your home care products so you don’t have to worry about what your babies – animals and humans alike, are absorbing while just walking around the house. So what do you use? I personally use a completely safe cleaner that does everything. It is my countertop cleaner, my floor cleaner, my window cleaner, my toilet and tub cleaner. It really is #onecleanertorulethemall! And the best part: It smells great and it is so concetrated I get up 20 bottles of spray cleaner depending on how I choose to dilute. Check it out: HERE
And what about those pet fresh carpet and cat box deodorizers? Most, if not all, of them use a smorgasbord of synthetic chemicals and fragrances to basically mask the odor. Unfortunately, due to US lobbying efforts of chemical companies back in 1976, most chemicals don’t need to be tested for toxicity, and the word fragrance can include many chemicals that never need to be listed because fragrance is covered by trade secret. And yep. Those chemicals are toxic to you and your pets. Best bet, if the ingredient label says 'fragrance' then stay FAR away. Click HERE to learn more about how the regulations don't protect the consumer.
But I have a solution for you. There is one company I trust that does keep my family and my pets health in mind. Connect with me HERE to find out more.
Now for that promised recipe.
Dog and Cat Safe Carpet and Litterbox Deodorizer
Supplies: My favorites are linked for simple shopping
Take 1 cup of baking soda and add 2 TBSP Diatomaceous Earth. Mix well. I usually do this in a larger jar and close up and shake well. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite pet safe essential oils (I only trust one company for this). My favorites are Purification and/or Citrus Fresh. Shake well to combine and let sit. Then either change out the top of the Mason Jar with the sifter lid or transfer the deodorizer to your smaller jar with sifter lid or mesh screen. I prefer the mesh screen cut to fit in the top of the ring so you can just put the lid on when not in use and easily remove for shaking.
Shake on carpets, let sit for ten minutes, then vacuum as usual. Diatomaceous Earth is very fine so I do find I need to empty my vacuum container a bit more often. But that's ok by me.
For cat boxes, I keep a jar ready to go right next to the cat box and give a small sprinkle at each cleaning.
Bonus: Diatomaceous Earth also helps control fleas. So not only will your house smell great, safely, but you will have a built-in flea control measure as well.
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Until next time I'll keep on keepin' it real. I hope you do the same.----Cathy
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