Home cleanliness doesn’t only promote a healthy lifestyle for humans, it also promotes wellness for animals. Not to generalize, but most pet owners deal with a lot of mess when their pets are around. With this, I’ve come up with a few tips to keep your home a healthy place to live in for you and your pets.
Start with your pets:
This is important. Potty train your dogs while they are young. In the early days of training, you must be very patient. Chances are, there will be several “accidents” before your dog learns to handle its bodily functions. You should also spend more time with them while training. You need to be on the lookout for any signs that your dog is about to dump. Take note of signs like sniffing the floor, constant barking, moving around the house unusually and scratching the door. The key is establishing a routine. My recommendation is to train them do their thing in the morning and at night.
Keep Their Paws Clean
After walking them out, it is important to remove any signs of dirt in your dog’s paws. Use a clean wet towel or wet wipes to deal with the dirt. This serves two purposes, keeping the cleanliness at your home and avoiding the risk of your dog getting unwanted viruses/diseases such as dog fever. Dogs tend to lick their paws to clean themselves up and that’s exactly what we want to avoid so I suggest doing this regularly.
Freshen Them Up
Spray your dogs with anti-flea and tick cologne daily and keep them in a cool space. If you see them scratching a lot, determine what’s causing the itchiness. Most of the time, they just try to remove the itchy ticks sticking around their body.
Manage Shedding Fur
If you have a dog that sheds its fur a lot, make sure you have the right tools to remove them. Using vacuum can help a lot (as discussed in #7), but you always have to start by determining what’s causing the shed. There are times that your dogs are stressed and that might be the reason why they are shedding. The hot weather might have something to do with it as well. My suggestion are to regularly comb the hair of your dog, don’t let them stress out about something and keep them in a nice and cool place to minimize the shedding.
My recommendation is to bring your dogs to their groomers once a month. There are some dogs that require weekly grooming and that’s fine. This is kind of tied up to #3. Only this time, your making sure that your dog’s whole body is clean.
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Purify the Air
Most of the time, a breathable home says a lot about its cleanliness. With today’s air pollution problem, some would say that it’s not possible to get clean air. Invisible particles and dirt can be an issue to your your pets’ health. This is why I strongly suggest getting an air purifier. Some of the benefits are; it helps aid in the removal of air pollutants, helpful for someone with allergies, reduce stress to your pets and eliminate pet odor.
My recommendation is to vacuum at least once a week. If you’ve got a dog that sheds, you might need to vacuum daily. Get a vacuum cleaner that has a strong suction and can pull the hair out of any narrow surface. Take note that you also need to regularly clean out the filter too.
Don’t Leave Your Things Unattended
One bad habit of some dogs is messing things around. First thing that you should always do when you leave them alone for an errand is to keep your things out of the floor. Don’t let them get near any tissue paper, clothing, stuff that breaks and most importantly, human food. Put your things on an elevated area that is impossible for them to reach.
You also have to control those pests to avoid any bad bacteria and viruses that could harm your pets. You can opt to hire a pest control company to avoid the hassle or you can just do it on your own. For me, I’d strongly recommend hiring a company that offers pest control services mainly because they would know what to do.
Do Your Chores
Clean up after your pets. Thoroughly wash the bowls where they eat and drink daily, keep your pets’ towels, bed sheets and clothes always clean.
Keeping your fur babies healthy starts at your home. These are just a few ideas in mind, let me know if you have more on the comment section below.