Extend the Life of Your Pet
Pet products may be hazardous to your pet.
There are few events more distressing than the injury or death of a pet.
Psychologists have likened it to the death of a family member.
After the recent pet food contamination that killed some pets and made many
others sick, worldwide attention focused on making sure pet products are SAFE.
Can you honestly trust most manufactures to do that for you?
Products we normally use on our pets – shampoos, odor eliminators, etc. – may
create health concerns for our pets just as they can impact our health. Toxic
synthetic chemicals used in personal care products are also used in pet care
formulas. When scientific studies show these ingredients cause cancer, heart
disease, hormone disruption and other aging diseases in humans, the tests on
animals generally have the same results.
We need to be aware that chemical ingredients cost pennies and profits are huge,
so incentives to inform consumers may be missing. Our pets’ lives are more
important than that. I, for one, am willing to spend more to protect my pets and
extend the quality of their lives.
Living on a ranch presents a host of unique problems every day. Our horses, dogs
and cats are exposed to more things that require greater care than you can
imagine. So, I have had the opportunity to identify a variety of solutions for
these four-legged loved ones. That includes protecting them from various
problems in the environment, small critters and the irresponsible actions of
two-legged creatures as well.
Here is what I have learned:
Shampooing is a major effort that can be very messy. Putting your dog in a
bathtub or shower isn’t exactly fun for them or you. I recommend a safe,
ToxicFree® pet shampoo. Remember, you’re applying it all over their body and
most of the time it’s not all rinsed out of their hair. So you’ll want one
without harmful ingredients or dying agents that can irritate their skin. Find a
natural, organic pet shampoo without synthetic chemicals that can affect your
pet’s overall health. It may cost a few pennies more per application, but the
safety of our pets is worth it.
Can you imagine having your pet sprayed by a skunk? It’s the worst smell and it
lingers for days! Our dogs have greeted us with this unpleasant odor and it
nearly drives us out of the house. We use an oxygen-based odor eliminator to
neutralize the worst pet odors safely. I recommend you look for products with NO
artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is toxic for pets and humans. These
petroleum-based ingredients settle and hover about 12” off the floor where pets
and babies (if you have any) spend a lot of time – walking and crawling through
As an informed consumer, you can make effective, healthy choices. I would
recommend you avoid the following at all cost:
• Sodium laureth sulfate: ethoxylated cleanser found in most shampoos - may
contain dioxane, which is banned by the California Safe Cosmetic Act.
• DEA (diethanolamine): carcinogenic foaming agent; significant risk to children
(National Toxicology Program; FDA Office of Cosmetic Fact Sheets)
• Propylene glycol: can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities (Agency for
Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
• Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl): xeno-estrogens which may contribute
to sterility and hormone imbalances (Brunel University)
• Fragrance (usually contain phthalates): highly toxic; can affect central
nervous system (Environmental Health Network; FDA Office of cosmetics Fact
I sincerely hope this information is helpful. We all love our pets. Now you can
protect your little friends and feel confident you are making the very best
choices for them. Extend your pet’s life…now.
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About the Author:
Linda Chaé is a prominent researcher, formula consultant, educator and consumer
advocate. She has met with many Congressional Leaders and Health Committee
Members in Washington
D.C., fighting for ‘Your Right to Know’ legislation, and
to protect the public from unsafe chemicals in products. Check out the natural
organic skin care products Linda has created that are guaranteed to improve your
appearance in 30 days! To read more about issues mentioned in this article,
visit Chae Organics
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