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Pet Proof Home. Healthy Living Magazine

Pet Proof Home. Healthy Living Magazine

Hominids forget how close to the lawn or carpet dogs live. Each time carpet cleaner with perchloroethylene or floor polish with formaldehyde and petroleum distillates is sprayed, rubbed and mashed into the firmament, the ones closest—pets and babies—get exposed the most.

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Carpeting spot treated with products containing the most dangerous solvents can cause exposures to genetically damaging chemicals like perchloroethylene (PERC) or 2-butoxyethanol, according to a HealthyLivinG Foundation review that found some products intended for use on floors and carpets as well as lawns contain chemicals documented to cause cancer or estrogen-like effects. Cancer agents include 1,4-dioxane, 2,4-D, 2-butoxyethanol and PERC. Other ingredients such as acrylic copolymers found in stain remover Resolve and nonoxyol-9 in Spic’n’ Span stain remover leach chemicals with estrogenic activity.

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10,000 pet poisoning a year

More than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning occurred in the US in 2012. But the fact that pesticides and cleaning products are among the top five causes of acute poisonings, according to the Pet Poison Helpline, brings up long-term concerns—rising rates of serious conditions that veterinarians say they are increasingly diagnosing.

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Bladder cancer incidence among canines has steadily increased since 1975 with proliferating numbers of cases caused by the very products owners are washing on their pets such as flea and tick insecticides and some shampoos, according to a study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that pets with the highest rates of lymphoma are more likely to come from homes where lawn chemicals were applied. More ominously a study from 13 veterinary teaching hospitals found rates for canine bladder cancer to be associated with the county’s level of industrial activity. Making homes and offices safe for pets is good for human health. Chemicals like PERC are strongly suspected of causing human cancer; others like dioxane and 2-butoxyethanol show evidence of causing it in other species. So reducing exposures for our pet increases safety for everybody.

Read: Feel Good About Buying "Green" Detergent

Lawn treatments and older generation flea and tick chemicals can be hazardous to dogs. Avoid 2,4- D, captan, permethrin, malathion and other chemical sprays and treatments. Minimize or avoid flea and tick dips with chemical pesticides.

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Applying chemicals in the home can be reduced by choosing brands of household cleaners whose products consistently rank as the least toxic choices. Companies with highest brand ratings by the HealthyLivinG Foundation for safety include Biokleen Bac-Out; Earth Friendly Products Pet Stain & Odor Remover; greenshield organic pet stain & odor remover and carpet spot remover; and naturally it’s clean carpet spot treatment.

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References i George D Bittner, Chun Z Yang, and Matthew A Stoner Estrogenic chemicals often leach from BPA-free plastic products that are replacements for BPA-containing polycarbonate products. Environ Health. 2014; 13: 41. Published online 2014 May 28. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-41 PMCID: PMC4063249 ii A M Soto, H Justicia, J W Wray, and C Sonnenschein p-Nonyl-phenol: an estrogenic xenobiotic released from "modified" polystyrene. Environ Health Perspect. 1991 May; 92: 167–173. iii Glickman LT, Shofer FS, McKee LJ, Reif JS, Goldschmidt MH. An epidemiologic study of insecticide exposure, obesity, and risk of bladder cancer in household dogs. J Toxicol Environ Health. 1989;28:407– 14. iv Hayes HM, Tarone RE, Cantor KP, Jessen CR, McCurnin DM, Richardson RC. Case-control study of canine malignant lymphoma: positive association with dog owner's use of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid herbicides. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1991 Sep 4;83(17):1226-31.
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