Maywood_iStock_000078175339_LargeThe snow is melting, the bulbs are peeking through the soil, and the days are getting a little longer. Spring is on the horizon, and if you are like many people, cleaning is on your mind.

If you have exotic animals in your home like birds, pocket pets, or reptiles, though, you probably realize that many commonplace chemicals and practices aren’t always safe. If you are lucky enough to own one of the amazing critters, be sure to review cleaning safety for exotic pets before delving into your chores.

Things to Remember About Exotics

When you own an exotic pet, you already know that things aren’t always straightforward. Much of what goes into having a happy, healthy exotic in your home is doing your research. Each individual species has its own unique needs, and it is important to understand those in order to have a thriving pet.

There are a few universal truths about exotic pets, however, that owners must remember when it comes to these special animals:

  • Most exotic animals have very sensitive respiratory systems, and the inhalation of irritating substances can be devastating
  • Exotic pets often love to chew and explore the world with their mouths

Keeping these two things in mind will help you to keep your pet safe.

Cleaning Safety for Exotic Pets

As you get started cleaning your home this spring, it is important to keep cleaning safety for exotic pets in mind. Remember these important tips:

Wide open spaces – As the weather warms up, you may be tempted to open your windows and let the spring breeze blow through your home. Before doing so, however, be sure your pets, especially birds and small mammals, are secured so that they don’t get out. Also be sure your pet’s enclosure, especially if he or she is a reptile, doesn’t get too drafty.

Deep breaths – Most exotics, but especially birds, have an exquisitely sensitive respiratory system. Scents and aerosols can be very irritating and can lead to serious illness and even death. Be sure to keep all aerosolized cleaning products well away from your pet and avoid things like scented candles, plug-in air fresheners, and potpourris. Also be careful when cleaning your kitchen. The fumes from a self-cleaning oven or a Teflon pan can be dangerous. Ventilate well while cleaning and choose unscented products wherever possible.

Out of sight, out of mouth? – Exotic pets, especially birds and rodents, are known for chewing on things. Keep cleaning chemicals well out of reach of curious mouths. Also beware of mop buckets and other water sources that could be a drowning hazard.

Owning an exotic pet means taking on a little extra responsibility. These amazing animals can be very sensitive, and even can be seriously affected by even the most mundane of things.

If you have questions about the care or health of your pet, Maywood Veterinary Clinic is always happy to help. Once you know what to look out for in regards to your species of choice, you can go forward without fear. Happy spring!