Pet owners searching for pet-friendly hand sanitizer should hit the 'paws' button until they read the fine print.
Online shopping has never been easier – it's just the thing for these challenging times of self-isolation and survival prepping. Quarantined or not, however, at-home shoppers need to think twice before clicking away at whatever their product search delivers. Case in point: on a whim, we searched for “Pet Paw Sanitizer” and found “BOOMdan Hand Gel, Foam Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer Pump No Rinse Foam Hand Soap Gel for Adults Kids & Pets (Blue)”. Yikes!
Now that's a mouthful... and we don't mean literally. We gotta ask, though, what does the seller mean by “Foam Alcohol Free Foaming”? One might think this product is alcohol-free but a look at the ingredients reveals that it's 75% ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol. Ethanol is toxic to dogs and cats: if you put it on their paws, they will lick their paws and ingest the ethanol. Not good!
We'll give the folks at BOOMdan a little credit, at least, for this suspiciously machine-translated product advisory: “For external use only! Not eating! Keep out of children! please cautions!” Riiight... and keep out of pets while you're at it.
This product's “inactive” ingredients beg our attention as well: “water, glycerin, propylene glycol, carbomer, triethanolamine, aloe, fragrance, pigment.” Hmm, where have we heard about propylene glycol before. Ah yes, it's commonly used to de-ice aircraft and/or facilitate the smoke-style vapors that vape-ers exhale. Nice... just not on your pet's paws. (via Amazon.com and AliExpress)