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The Usage Of Hydrogen Peroxide For Animals

Updated on January 4, 2015

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a highly reactive chemical compound that acts as a powerful oxidizer. It has found its way into many industries and many households for a wide variety of uses. Perhaps less well known is the compound’s usefulness for animal applications.

Fish

Thirty-five percent food grade hydrogen peroxide in the form of a product called 35% Perox-AID has recently been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in aquaculture, or farming of aquatic organisms. This peroxide product combats various types of mold, mildews, and bacterium that attack certain types of freshwater fish, such as catfish and finfish. A certain amount of Perox-AID can be added to the aquaculture system to keep the environment clean and healthy. Of course, a veterinarian familiar with freshwater fish should be consulted before adding Perox-AID to the water, especially because some species of fish are sensitive to even small concentrations of the chemical.

Farm animals

Some chicken farmers rely on hydrogen peroxide to keep their chickens healthy and their hens laying plenty of large eggs. Farmers who use hydrogen peroxide usually add it to their chickens’ drinking water system. This is believed to increase egg yield and make for larger, stronger, and healthier birds. Some farmers even believe that adding peroxide to the poultry’s drinking water can prevent the spread of serious illnesses amongst the animals, such as the avian flu.

Cats

Hydrogen peroxide, because it is environmentally friendly in nature, can be very useful for cat owners as well. Cat boxes are full of repugnant bacteria and potentially even parasites. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a nontoxic cleanser due to its antiseptic and oxygenating properties. Eco-friendly consultant Michelle Lynne Goodfellow offers the following guide to cleaning a litter box using H2O2. Begin by emptying the litter from the box. Then, liberally sprinkle baking soda along the lining of the cat box. After a few minutes, rinse all the baking soda out of the box and spray with three percent hydrogen peroxide. Then, spray with vinegar. Wipe dry and refill with cat litter. Hydrogen peroxide is also helpful in getting cat urine odor out of carpets when used with baking soda and vinegar to create a powerful cleansing solution.

Dogs

Veterinarians often use hydrogen peroxide in the office to induce vomiting in pets who have ingested poisons. Thankfully, if a dog ingests a toxic substance, such as chocolate or human medicine, this can also be done at home with three percent hydrogen peroxide if directed by a veterinarian. Because the peroxide can be toxic if taken in a large dose, a veterinarian can help indicate how much to give the dog based on the size of the dog and the amount of poison ingested. After vomiting, the dog should see the veterinarian to ensure that no poison remains in the dog’s stomach.

Because of its simplicity and powerful oxygenating properties, hydrogen peroxide has become a widely used chemical compound. Yet while its antiseptic and bleaching properties are its hallmark, there are also some very practical uses for the chemical around animals.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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