It’s important that we make our homes safe and healthy, for not only our Shetland Sheepdog (aka the Sheltie) but every breathing creature under our roof. It’s been said that a clean home is a healthy home. Which is why many of us use disinfectant cleaners. Some of these products may contain the chemical, Phenol. Phenol effectively kills bacteria and viruses. It also can be toxic to both dogs and cats.
One way that Phenol poisoning can occur would be by having this chemical absorbed through the paw pads of a dog or cat. Exposure can cause symptoms from mild to severe. Sometimes death may occur.
Message from a Sheltie mom – I have always bought cleaning products that states it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Especially now, dealing with COVID-19, many of us are using these products more than we used to. I accidentally learned about Phenol by googling where I could buy disinfectant wipes.
Having Misty Blue here I need to start paying more attention to what cleaning products I buy. Time to start reading labels. Better yet, time to start making my own!
Do you make homemade cleaning products?
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A Is For Active
B Is For Barking
C Is For Characteristics
D Is For Dental Care
E Is For Ear Tipping
F Is For Famous Shetland Sheepdogs
G Is For Grooming
H Is For Health Conditions
I Is For Ivermectin
J Is For Jumping
K Is For Kisses
L Is For Lilies and other poisonous flowers
M Is For MDR1
N Is For Nose Work
O Is For Origin
P Is For Phenol
Q Is For Quarantine
R Is For Rainbow Bridge
S Is For Shedding
T Is For Traits
U Is For Unconditional Love
V Is For Veterinarian
W Is For Working Ability
X Is For Xylitol
Y Is For Yelling and Other Noises
Z Is For Zoomies
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I didn’t realize this!! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to start checking the labels from now on.
I just found out that cleaning products are not required by federal law to list ingredients. That’s scary!
That is scary! That means that you have no idea what’s actually in there. Makes me not want to buy any more ever.
It’s very scary!
Such important info. Thank you for sharing!
You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
They put phenol in Pine-Sol. Our first Devon Rex was especially sensitive to it, and had been owned by a woman who insisted on using Pine-Sol, to the point where the breeder took the cat back, which is how she came to live with us. Cats will lick it off their paws. Sadly, she died not long after she came to live with us…
I read that phenol was in Pine Sol. I also read that it’s in some of the Lysol products. I just found out that cleaners don’t have to list ingredients. That is scary! I would think that cats would be more at risk, because they are always licking their paws.
That’s what happened to Connie: she licked the cleaner off her paws. Not a good thing…
That is sad…It’s really important to know what is in cleaners when you have cats. I told my daughter to be careful using lysol wipes on her kitchen counters because her kittens might be able to jump up there. She adopted 4 kittens from Petsmart about 2 months ago (lucky her!!).