How COVID-19 cleaning may affect your pet

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)– As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so do the rumors about pets and cleaning supplies.

At the start of the pandemic, Georgians took to social media platforms to share information about what cleaning supplies are safe for your pets. Dr. Ben Smith from Smith Animal Hospital in Perry says the type of cleaning solution does not matter.

Dr. Smith said, “I think the main thing is just, waiting until those surfaces dry with it. Very similar to sprays outside for fleas, all those are safe but of course, when they’re wet, they’re not safe.”

Most veterinarians recommend cleaning with typical home solutions unless your pet is allergic to the chemicals. Dr. Smith says that if you are cleaning the floors in your home, allow at least 20 minutes for them to dry before letting your pet play on them.

If your pet wanders into the wet cleaning solution, wash their fur as soon as possible. Dr. Smith says if your pet ingests cleaning supplies, spring into action immediately.

He said to rinse your pet’s mouth with water and thoroughly flush it out. If your pet swallowed any cleaning solution, contact an emergency veterinarian.

Aside from the usual home cleaning solutions such as Clorox and bleach, people also use aerosols such as Lysol for cleaning.

Local Veterinary worker, Megan Spires says her office at Gordon’s Animal Clinic in Wilkinson County, does not recommend the use of aerosol cleaners around pets under any circumstances.

Spires said, “Inhaling Lysol is not good for humans or pets. So I would make sure to evacuate your pets before you Lysol the room. Also remember to pick up any food bowls, or anything they could potentially lick that’s on the floor, and store it away until you’re done disinfecting everything. Especially if you have fish tanks, make sure those are covered when you’re using any kind of aerosols.”

Steps to protect your pet while cleaning your home 

Step 1:  Clean up

If your pet would put an item and their mouth,  it’s the best that is placed in another room.

Step 2: Evacuate

Make sure your pet is out of the room you’re cleaning in, and cannot get back inside until you are done.

Step 3: Let it dry

Do not let your pet come in contact with cleaning solutions until everything is dry.

 

 

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Peyton Lewis is a 20-year-old reporter from Stockbridge, Georgia. She graduated in December of 2019 with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She found a love for reporting after receiving a video camera for her 8th birthday. She and her friends would make mock newscasts in her backyard other creative content. Peyton's love for writing and creating videos pushed her to pursue journalism. In order to kick-start her dream of being a reporter, she left the traditional high school experience at the age of 16 to attend Gordon State College as a full-time student. She graduated with her Associate's degree two weeks before graduating from high school. Previously, Peyton worked as a news intern for 11 Alive in Atlanta, a radio intern for the Joy FM, and a reporter/ technical manager for Grady Newsource. Peyton dreams to become an investigative reporter that leaves a lasting impact on the world around her. She loves Disney, dogs, spicy food, musicals, and her family. Peyton also enjoys reading, watching movies, cheering on the Dawgs, and going on new adventures.