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The first thing to consider before purchasing an outdoor water fountain is your pet's safety. Dogs and cats are curious creatures and they may be tempted to take a drink from that newly-installed fountain. Pure water running through it won't hurt any animal, but what about the cleaning products you're using? Luckily, if you've purchased your water fountain accessories from a reputable retailer, you don't have to worry. The water fountain cleaning supplies found online at these sources are often non-toxic. Made from naturally-occurring enzymes, cleaners like No More Foam won't harm plants, birds, pets, or wildlife.
Not sure? Carefully read the product specs before buying. Any warnings will be located directly on the product bottle or container. It's a safe bet to say that if a product is non-toxic and safe for pets, plants, birds, and wildlife, it's probably also going to be safe for the environment.
Even though a product is considered “safe” and “non toxic," it's always good practice to put cleaners away after use. Keep cleaning products locked and out of children's reach. Never leave products opened or near pet feeding areas, and take care to clean up spilled products.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|