Green Living with Our Pets -- Make Your Home Environmentally Pet Friendly
Sue McGuire offers some tips on making pet-lover homes environmentally-friendly in Green Living with Pets in Mind
Pets used to live outside. The farm dog hung out in the barn or slept under the front porch. Cats lived in the barn loft and did their job of keeping the vermin at bay. Fast forward a few generations. It's often recommended that cats be "indoor only" and hundreds of dollars can be spent on an orthopedic bed for the dog.
Just because we bring those former barnyard residents inside the house may not mean they are healthier for it. Scientists often cite our companion animals as "canaries in the coal mine." Household environmental toxins can be a major concern.
Here is a short list of household toxins to keep away from your pet:
- Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Fabric softener sheets
- Most cleaners and detergents
- Xylitol, a sugar substitute
- Grapes and Raisins
- Insecticides and Flea Killers
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at August 19, 2008 7:39 AM