Why is Choice not cautioning consumers in product reviews that many household cleaners contain ingredients that can indeed have serious hazards and may be dangerous to pets, surely this could be incorporated as a part of household cleaner testing as manufacturers provide ZERO information about these dangers.
It is simply NOT a case of read the label and follow the instructions and be aware of the warnings given on the label.
I am a cautious person and have read all the warnings on products, NEVER EVER have I seen a warning about possible harm to pets.
For example a commonly found antibacterial ingredient in cleaners is Benzalkonium Chloride which unfortunately is found in a great number of domestic cleaners.
In the normal concentrations used this ingredient can cause painful, severe irritation and possible damage to a cats Mouth, Other Mucous Membranes, Gums, Eyes and Skin.
When these harmful effects occur the poor unfortunate feline needs treatment quickly to avoid long term damage.
I’m only recently become aware of the danger this poses to cats and I don’t how badly other animal species are affected. I do strongly suspect the dangers and effects would be quite similar.
How many consumers have cats and other pets develop dermatitis or skin conditions and have been unable to get to the root cause?.
When you go to a vet are you going to be questioned about what you wash your floors with?.
Benzalkonium Chloride is found in many floor cleaners, do manufacturers expect us to sterilize our floors every time we wash them and foster the development of super-bugs?.
I strongly suspect exposure to these type of cleaners is the culprit behind a number of mysterious skin disorders which pet owners can’t get to the source of because we are not in anyway informed about the possible exposure hazards.
Why on earth are product manufacturers allowed to get away with not warning consumers about the dangers of products which can be hazardous or even lethal to pets?
There appears no legal requirements to provide concise information and warnings about animal health effects.
The manufacturers provide warnings about human health hazards.
Why should animals suffer at the hands of unscrupulous manufacturers who don’t seem to care?.
Perhaps Choice should be looking at campaigning to strengthen product warnings to include dangrers to domestic pets.