All pets are a bundle of joy, no doubt about it, but they also need us to take care of their hygiene, which usually turns some people off because of how demanding and complicated it can seem. Well, we’re here to make your life so much easier you’ll probably want to adopt a companion for your lovable pooch or kitty. We’ve compiled a list of great tips to keep your pets clean and happy, which means that you won’t have such a hard time cleaning after them.
These tips will not only be good for your pets, but your family will also benefit a lot from having a clean and healthy pet in the house —especially if they’re in contact with your kids or share a space with you, like the couch or your bedroom. Remember that you can change things around a bit if your pet’s needs call for it, either because of their size or special health requirements. With that out of the way, let’s get cleaning!
Wash your pet’s bedding regularly
Here’s a professional dog and cat grooming tip: Even if you keep your pet well cleaned and groomed, their bedding might be a different story. They can often act like a magnet for all the fur, dirt and other grime that your pet might be carrying around, but also like a host for fleas, ticks, and other skin parasite’s larvae. This of course means that your house’s environment is exposed to these, and that the effectiveness of your pet’s showers and grooming sessions are diminished. Wash the bedding with a dye-free detergent, at a high temperature, then dried for 20 minutes using high heat. Your detergent’s scent should be very mild, or your pet might be uncomfortable using it. Vacuum between washes.
Vacuum pet hair from rugs, carpets and furniture
You might think you’re the only one who has allergic reactions in your house, but did you know that dogs and cats are often as allergic to dust mites and molds as humans are? That’s double the reason you should regularly vacuum carpets and floors at least once per week, and steam cleaned every six to twelve months to kill bacteria and parasites. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and don’t let pet fur lying about for too long, especially if your pets are allowed to climb on the furniture that your family uses. This part is especially time-consuming for some people, so they prefer to have some outside help with it.
Wash your pet’s food and water bowls
You wouldn’t eat off of the same plate you used last night without washing it first, right? Well, then your pet shouldn’t do so, either! When eating, pets (especially dogs) salivate profusely, and this drool carries bacteria that gets all over and around their bowl; the same goes for water, so you should clean it either by hand or in the dishwasher with a strong dish soap. You can do this every day, or every two days, depending on the size of your pet and how much you see it salivate during meals. Self-replenishing water bowls should also be washed completely to avoid mold growth. You’ll keep your pet healthy, and the area where they eat clean, which means your family will stay healthy too.
Pet toys should be constantly washed and replaced
Take everything we said about your pet’s food bowls in the last entry, and now make it mobile. That’s what you’re dealing with when you let your pet have an unwashed, old toy, which can carry yeast, mold, and all sorts of bacteria. This means that your pet can develop gastrointestinal diseases from these objects, and localized skin infections for the humans touching them. For hard toys, clean them with hot soapy water and a very mild bleach and water solution, then rinse thoroughly and let it dry under the sun. Soft toys can be machine washed, but it’s best to replace them if they’re coming apart so that your pet doesn’t ingest the materials.
Clean their bathroom space daily
Of course, no one likes to pick up dog’s poop from the yard or interrupt what they’re doing to clean up the cat’s litter box again, but it’s the best for everyone that you do this every day. Not only that, you should clean up the area around their bathroom area regularly as well since you’re prone to catch some nasty diseases from exposure to the bacteria that live in their feces. When cleaning up, remember to wear your gloves, a proper tool (so that you don’t touch everything with your hands), and waste bags. If you feel better, you can wear a face mask while doing so, even if just to guard your nose against the smell.
Remember that proper dog hygiene is also a part of your responsibilities as a pet owner since their health, and that of your family depends on it!