We love our pets. They’re adorable, fun, and bring us a tremendous amount of joy. They can also cause us some extra work due to the extra hygiene issues we need to look out for. What we hope to do with this article is give you some practical tips that you can implement on a regular basis to ensure that your pets’ hygiene stays managed all the time.
Why Hygiene Matters
One of the major reasons that pet hygiene matters to us is because bad hygiene may lead to disease in our pets. As we’ve said in many other blog posts before, prevention is vital if you’d like your pet to live a long, happy life.
We can prevent harmful disease by making sure that we stay on top of making sure our pets stay clean. If we keep our pets clean, it’ll make it easier for you to notice when something is off.
For example, one thing that we recommend at least once a week is that you bathe your pet. Bathing your pet will allow you to not only clean off the dirt and junk that they walk on, it’ll give you an opportunity to examine your pet from head to toe. Additionally, bathing regularly is also good to help pets with allergies by regularly removing offending allergens from their bodies.
In the process of bathing your pet, look for abnormalities such as bumps, wounds, or anything that looks unusual. This process is also important in order to prevent the spread of fleas and ticks.
Do you notice any areas where your dog or cat may be biting or scratching themselves excessively? This could be a sign of a flea or tick problem. You’ll want to make sure to get on top of that as quickly as possible. Fleas and ticks can cause serious diseases that can cause life-threatening complications.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you see anything alarming, don’t hesitate to make an appointment to see Dr. Bruce.
Keeping Food and Water Bowls Clean
Pet mouths are no different than ours – they contain a lot of bacteria. This is why it’s important for us to make sure to clean out the food and water bowls our pets drink from on a regular basis. We don’t want the bacteria from their mouths to stay in the bowl, allowing it to grow into something much worse. A good hygienic practice is to clean your pet’s food bowl after each meal, and wash out the water bowl every day or two.
If you live in an area where there are a lot of mosquitoes, keep in mind that they are attracted to standing water. If you’re in a hot, humid area (like Florida!) you’ll want to be sure to clean that water bowl on a daily basis.
Dr. Bruce recommends stainless steel for food and water dishes as it reduces possible contact allergies for your pets.
Washing and Cleaning Their Bed
Just as we change the sheets on our bed on a regular basis, your pet is no different. Their beds collect hair, skin, dirt and dust every day they sleep on it. When left alone, fleas can lay their eggs within the bedding, allowing for their larvae to hatch, creating a bigger problem for you and your pet.
In order to prevent the laying and hatching of new fleas, be sure that you clean their bedding at least once a week. This is especially vital if you have any allergy-sufferers in your home. Their sinuses will thank you! A clean bed makes for a healthier, happier pet.
Cleaning the Litter Box Daily
Cat owners know the routine, and sometimes we get a little busy and put it off for a little while… But it’s important to make sure that we clean out our lovable feline’s litter box on a daily basis.
There are some nasty bugs that live within your cat’s feces that can lead to some bad symptoms for humans. An example is toxoplasma, a one-celled protozoal organism that can make you sick. However, most people that become infected with toxoplasma get it from working in gardens or the dirt without wearing gloves, or eating undercooked meat.
If you are pregnant you should NOT be cleaning the litter box. Some of the parasites that can be found in cat feces may cause birth defects. Have someone else handle this responsibility while you’re pregnant. Better yet, to be on the safe side, Dr. Bruce recommends that all husbands and boyfriends handle cleaning the litter box at all times!
If you have questions about this or any other element related to your pet’s health, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form here on the website. Whether it’s to discuss a hygiene issue, vaccinations, your pet’s diet, or any other question or concern, our team is here to help you!
If you haven’t done so, be sure to schedule your annual checkup with Dr. Bruce by utilizing the PetDesk app.