The ASPCA Pet Poison Helpline has seen an increase in calls from concerned pet owners since the COVID-19 crisis began. The issue? Many of us have questions about the safe use of cleaning and disinfecting products (such as bleach) around our pets.
To help pet owners, the Helpline has posted a video on their YouTube channel, presented by veterinary toxicologist Dr. Ahna Brutlag. It provides helpful information on what to do, and not to do, when it comes to cleaning around your pets.
Bleach and other household cleaners can harm your pets’ skin and eyes, and if ingested (as with self-grooming of paw pads after walking on a freshly cleaned floor) can cause internal damage as well.
Of course, never apply household cleaners and disinfectants directly onto your pet. As the Helpline notes with this useful hashtag, #StopBleachingFido
Here is the video. For more information, check out the Helpline’s COVID-19 webpage.