Controlling The Pet Hair In Your Home

Did you know, it’s not just dogs that shed? Cats shed too. Not all of them. But at last, there are some that do. Having pets that Shed can be a huge pain when it comes time to clean. Their hair ends up everywhere. It ends up on your bed, on the couch, balled up in the corner on the floor, and sometimes even in your food if you’re not careful. It’s almost like you can’t escape it no matter what you do. But it’s the price we pay for those we love.

As much as we love our four-legged friends, pet hair can and will be a constant nuisance in the home. Not just for you, but for your cleaning lady/man as well. If you follow these easy tips when cleaning up after your pets and your home, you will soon be able to control the pet hair and pet odor in your home.

We wanted to share in an infographic with you on how you can control the pet hair in and around your home. The following infographic from Chadwicks guides you through the process of minimizing pet hair with their helpful and handy tips.

 

 

How to control pet hair in your home

 

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How to Clean a Dog’s Ears

A dog’s ears are sensitive and can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast if not cleaned regularly. Cleaning your dog’s ears is an essential part of their grooming routine. This article will guide you through the process, ensuring you do it safely and effectively.

How to Tell When a Dog’s Ears Need Cleaning

Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s essential to know when your dog’s ears need cleaning. Signs that your dog’s ears may need attention include:

Odor: A strong, unpleasant smell coming from the ears.
Discharge: Yellow, brown, or bloody discharge.
Redness or Swelling: Especially around the ear canal.
Scratching or Pawing: Your dog frequently scratches or paws at their ears.
Head Shaking: Excessive shaking of the head can indicate discomfort.

Ear-Cleaning Supplies

To clean your dog’s ears effectively, you’ll need the following supplies:

Ear Cleaning Solution: Choose a vet-recommended solution designed specifically for dogs.
Cotton Balls or Pads: Avoid using Q-tips as they can push debris further into the ear.
Towel: To wipe away any mess or to wrap your dog if they’re nervous.
Treats:  Reward your dog after the cleaning process.

Dog Ear-Cleaning Solutions

There are several dog-specific ear cleaning solutions available on the market. When choosing a solution, look for one that:

Is alcohol-free to prevent drying out the ear.
Contains antiseptic properties to kill bacteria and yeast.
Is gentle and pH balanced for dogs.

Always consult with your veterinarian before choosing an ear cleaning solution.

How to Clean Dog Ears in Three Easy Steps

Prepare Your Dog: Calm your dog and place them on a stable surface. You can wrap them in a towel to prevent sudden movements.
Apply the Solution: Gently hold the ear flap upright and fill the ear canal with the cleaning solution. Massage the base of the ear for about 20-30 seconds.
Wipe Away Debris: Using a cotton ball or pad, gently wipe away any debris from the ear. Avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal.

Should You Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Dog Ears?

Hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for cleaning dog ears. While it has antiseptic properties, it can be too harsh and drying for a dog’s sensitive ears. It can also cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Always opt for vet-approved ear cleaning solutions.

How to Clean Dog Ears: A Summary

Cleaning your dog’s ears is a straightforward process that can prevent infections and ensure your pet’s comfort. Regularly check your dog’s ears for signs of dirt, wax, or infection. Use vet-recommended cleaning solutions and avoid harsh chemicals like hydrogen peroxide. With the right tools and techniques, you can keep your dog’s ears clean and healthy.

Tips for Cleaning As A Pet Owner

Are you a pet owner looking for new innovative ideas to keep your home clean and odor free? Look no further! We’ve got some great tips and tricks that will help you eliminate pet odor and keep a clean home.
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Managing Animal Hair

One of the most common issues pet owners face is animal hair and pet odors. It’s everywhere. On your floors, on your furniture, and even on your clothing. One thing you can do is have an easy clean vacuum handy. These are great for quickly removing hair from furniture and pet beds. Or having a furniture cover that you can quickly shake off outside and throw in the wash will save you some time. And most importantly having your pet groomed regularly will help diminish the problem of untamed animal hair.

Vacuuming your home at least two times per week will help to eliminate and prevent your home from smelling like your animals. You’ll also want to mop any tile or laminate you have at least once every two weeks. And lastly, having a timed air freshener is always a good idea to increase your chances of having a fresh-smelling home.

Keeping Their Paws Clean

Dogs get let outside to use the restroom, while cats step into the litter box to use the restroom. Can you guess what happens next? They then track that waste that they stepped in, back into your home.

In order to keep them from walking on surfaces with their dirty feet, make sure you clean them! This is another reason why grooming your pets is important. Just like you need to be cleaned, they do too. An important note: don’t forget to clean your dog’s ears! They can develop yeast and give off an odor if left unkept.

Pro Tip: Fill a spray bottle with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Periodically throughout the week spray your pet’s paws with it. Not only will this keep them clean, it will help keep them from getting dry and cracked. 

Quickly Cleaning Accidents

Animals have accidents in the house. That’s just a part of being a pet owner. No need to scold them for hours. Think about if you had to go to the bathroom but you couldn’t tell someone that you needed let out. Would you go to the bathroom in your pants? Probably. The only thing you need to do is act quickly when your pet as an accident.

Let them outside and begin to clean up the mess. The sooner you can clean a pet stain, the better. First remove any solid residue, then blot fresh stains with a clean cloth, and apply carpet cleaner if you have it. It’s preferred that you use carpet cleaner designed specifically for pet odor.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have any carpet cleaner, absorb as much moisture as possible, and apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid mixed with one cup of water. Take another clean dry towel and blot the area. And rinse by blotting with a damp towel with water. 

Placing A Placemat Under Their Food Bowl

Your pet might not care to dine informally, but for your sake and easy cleanup, you’ll want it to eat with a placemat under their food and water bowl. This will help collect and food and water that your pet may drop while eating. And it will look nice.