As a pet owner, it's important to ensure that your home is as conducive for them as it is for you. This helps prevent certain pet diseases and parasites such as fleas at bay, while also keeping the environment healthy and comfortable for you. After all, a happy pet is a healthy pet that is well taken care of, and you may not be able to take the best care of your pet without ensuring that the furry friend is clean and groomed. This being the case, here are 5 great pet cleaning tips to ensure that your pets are germ-free and healthy.

5 Great Pet Cleaning Tips

1. Clean the Pet Collars and Their Toys

The pet’s collars are often neglected and forgotten. This ought to be the very first item to check when it comes to the hygiene of your pet. This is because the collars tend to stink pretty fast, especially the leather ones. To clean, them, dip them in the empty dishwasher along with other toys. This is the easiest and fastest way of cleaning them.

However, if you'd want to deep clean them, soak them in a bowl of hot water and then add the dog's shampoo and let it sit for at least thirty minutes. Once you are sure these items are clean, rinse them in cold water and let them dry. If the pet’s items are made out of high-end material, they may need special care to clean.

2. Deodorize the Carpet with White Vinegar

White vinegar has for the longest time been used to eliminate pesky smells. You’ll need to fill up a spray bottle with white vinegar to spray the stains on the carpet. Before you do this, though, spray the vinegar solution on a similar carpet material. This will help avoid some mishaps as some types of carpet fabric are sensitive to vinegar considering that vinegar is an acid solution, which is also an effective stain and smell remover.

3. Brush Your Pets on a Regular Basis

One of the main challenges to pet owners is pet hair and fur. Some pet breeds shed little, others shed a lot, while others don’t shed dander at all. Brushing helps improve the circulation of blood on your pets coating. This eventually helps oxygenate and hydrate the skin, making the hairs stronger and healthier. Doing this at least a few times weekly can also help prevent your pet from choking on hairballs and constipation.

4. Clean the Litter Box As Often As You Can

Your pup’s or kitty’s litter box can be a potential toxic smelling dump if left unchecked. The required frequency to emptying the litter box is at least twice per day. Most people only do this after a day or two. After every week, it's also important to deep clean the litter box right after emptying it. To keep your home smelling fresh and clean, invest in a new litter box once every year. Cleaning your pet’s litter box regularly is an important step in keeping them clean.

5. Keep the Air Clean

The best air conditioners for pet owners are those with disposable air filters. The pet’s dander and hair get trapped inside the air filter and it can be the major cause for your systems inefficiency. If these filters are not replaced, the dander may find their way into the air you breathe and it's actually bad for those with respiratory allergies and diseases. Ensure that you change air filters regularly, at least once or twice every 2 months. This is not only healthy for you but for your pet as well.

Now you have all the more reasons to enjoy the company of your pet. The above tips will help ensure that your house stays clean and fresh for your pet and that your pet stays clean and fresh for you.  

(Last Updated On: March 26, 2021)

Her experience as a veterinarian stretching back more than fifteen years, Lesly Glover has spent ten years of clinical practice as an equine veterinarian and companion animal practitioner.She has also done work as a regulatory veterinarian for the government, giving her a unique and useful perspective of the policies that affect animals and animal owners’ day-to-day lives. An avid writer, she specializes in formal educational pieces and casual blog posts alike, and she has done guest spots on many animal-related podcasts.

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