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Keep your pets safe Special To The Star-news | Thu, May 27 2010 03:35 PM

The next time you come home to the heartwarming sight of your cat or dog eagerly awaiting you, nose pressed to the window, you may want to consider if they should be engaging in such risky behavior.

 The risk comes from the products you may have used to clean that window. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, U.S. dogs and cats may also be in danger from such common pet activities as drinking from the toilet and eating crumbs off the floor.

The survey of dog and cat owners in the U.S. found more cats (23 percent) than dogs (16 percent) drink from the toilet, most dogs and cats (77 percent) eat crumbs off the floor and about half press their noses against windows.

Dogs and cats that pad across a freshly mopped kitchen floor, then lick their paws, may consume chemicals such as ammonia. When animals lick windows, they may ingest chemical cleaner residue. Pets that drink out of the toilet may be ingesting cleaning chemicals such as chlorine. Any of these can cause rashes, respiratory irritation and other health issues.

Fortunately, you can reduce the risk by using natural cleaning alternatives. The pet parents of the 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in the U.S. can turn to cleaners like PawSafe household cleaners that are safe for use around pets and children too.

Formulated without harsh chemicals, using natural plant-based ingredients such as beet sugar, PawSafe household cleaners are just as effective as traditional cleaners at cutting through grease and grime, limescale and soap scum, without leaving dangerous chemical residues behind.

 In addition, they don't leave unpleasant odors to offend sensitive pet noses. In fact, PawSafe household cleaners have also earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for safety and cleaning effectiveness.

 The floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, tub and tile cleaner and toilet cleaner can provide peace of mind for pet parents that their home is safe and clean.

 There's even a toy cleaner so the one-third of pet owners surveyed who admitted to never cleaning their dog's or cat's chew toys can start to do it and be confident that what their animals put in their mouths will be free of household chemicals.

 To find out more about keeping your pets safe, visit www. PawSafeCleaners.com.

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