Hygiene Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy
February 28, 2022
We love our pets, but with their unconditional love comes fur, dirt and dander. While we are busy cleaning the obvious messes, sometimes the smaller things get missed.
Being diligent about keeping our pets healthy goes further than the obvious cleaning of the dirt and here are our top tips on how to keep your pup healthy!
Make sure you remember to keep your pup’s bedding clean. Not only does dirty bedding smell, but it can be a breeding ground for fleas, ticks and other parasites.
You can vacuum between washes to clean up hair, dirt and dander but monthly washes with a mild, fragrance-free detergent is recommended. The water temperature should be as high as possible to ensure any parasites are removed.
Food and Water Bowls
When a dog eats or drinks from their bowls, saliva can transmit bacteria and can cause illness. Food bowls should be washed after every meal.
Water bowls should be washed every day, with fresh water replaced. Mould can accumulate very easily and can lead to gastrointestinal issues.
Picking up dog poo is our least favourite activity and should be done regularly to ensure that the yard is clean and healthy for your family as well as your pooch.
Back yards can also build up with junk that gets washed or blown in to the yard and some rubbish like old chip packets or old bones can be very harmful. Regular patrols of your pack yard to check for anything harmful to your pet is highly recommended
Keeping the lawns short will help you spot any rubbish before your pup finds it as well as deterring snakes and other things that could be harmful
Toys go directly in your dog’s mouth and can attract coliform, bacteria, yeast and mould, these can cause skin infections and gastrointestinal problems.
Pet toys should be cleaned regularly. You can hand wash or put them in the machine to keep out any germs.
Dry dog food can become contaminated with Salmonella, and if transmitted to humans this can cause severe illness.
Dry food should be stored in airtight containers and should not be stored outside or in garages where rodents may contaminate with faeces or parasites. Wet food should be refrigerated after opening.
Collars and Leads
Collars and leads are worn all the time and it’s important that they are washed frequently. A dirty collar can harbour skin sores and infections.
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