Vets warn that a £1 cleaning product popularised by Instagrammer is dangerous to animals

Vets warn that a £1 cleaning product popularised by Instagrammer is dangerous to animals
A vet reported that a cat ended up on a drip and with burns to its tongue and swollen paws after consuming Zoflora (Photo: Shutterstock)

A vet has issued a warning to pet owners over popular budget cleaning product, Zoflora.

Vets 4 Pets in Hull have revealed that a “very poorly” cat was left with extreme burns and swelling after coming into contact with the disinfectant.

Social media influencer Mrs Hinch (real name, Sophie Hinchcliffe) champions several cleaning brands, including Zoflora, on her Instagram account, which has 1.4 million followers, which may have contributed to the product’s increased popularity in recent months.

Product aimed at pet owners is not safe for animals

“Please take care when using any cleaning products around your pets,” the vet practice wrote on Facebook.

“We have a very poorly cat in with us today who has come in to contact with Zoflora. After consulting with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, they have advised us that it is quite a common phone call they now receive regarding this product.

 

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“The little cat is on a drip and has burns to his tongue, etc, and swollen paws. Please take care when using any cleaning product and ensure that animals do not have access to it or lick or roll in any of the residue.

“We are aware that the packaging states it is safe to use around pets but please take precautions. As this product is aimed at pet owners, we are sharing this case.”

Zoflora’s response

”Zoflora has been used safely in households for almost 100 years, including those with pets in the home,” a spokesperson for the company told Birmingham Live.

“Zoflora’s products have been fully risked assessed by leading scientists at Exponent International, a long-established, independent consultancy company with expertise in all aspects of Biocidal Products Regulation and safety.

“The risk assessments conducted do not indicate a concern when the product is used in accordance with the on pack usage directions.

“Pets are required to be excluded from the area to be treated during application; cover or remove terrariums, aquariums and animal cages prior to application.

“Treated surfaces should be completely dry before pets and companion animals are allowed in contact with the surfaces. Any adverse effects should be notified to Thornton & Ross and will be shared with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Zoflora argues their product has been used safely in households for almost 100 years (Photo: Shutterstock)
Zoflora argues their product has been used safely in households for almost 100 years (Photo: Shutterstock)

“Response from the Veterinary Poisons Information Service regarding the usage of Zoflora around pets also state that as long as directions for use are followed, and treated areas dried completely before animals have access to them, Zoflora is safe and effective to use.

“As with all disinfectants and other household chemicals, ensure that Zoflora is used safely.

“When correctly diluted, Zoflora disinfectant may be used where most pets are kept. It will kill bacteria and eliminate unpleasant odours.

“Do not allow pets to lick or walk on newly treated surfaces. Keep them off the surface until dry. The product is not suitable for use in vivaria or other housing where reptiles are kept. Follow the on pack instructions on dilution and usage before using the product.

“Zoflora recommends that you always read the label and product information before use.”