Do you love your pets, but hate the fur everywhere, the dirty paw prints, and the funky smells that seem to be an unavoidable part of pet ownership? Then here is the perfect list for you! Keep reading to learn about the top ten most effective ways to care for your furry friends without breaking the bank.
10. Brush, Brush, Brush!
It used to be thought that dogs were the only pets that needed regular brushing, but cats shouldn’t be left out – they certainly can shed just as much as dogs can! Brushing your cats daily with a slicker brush or any soft or glove brush can help remove oils, dead hair, and dead skin, helping keep the shedding contained and reducing some of the unpleasant smell. It also is smart to invest in a de-shedding tool for dogs with longer coats so that you can untangle the undercoat and prevent some of the excessive hair loss.
9. Regular Pedicures
Most professional groomers also trim nails. Depending on how often you are having your pet professionally groomed, you may need to cut those nails yourself on occasion. Trimmed nails tend to be cleaner nails and can also keep pets from damaging furniture, doors and walls. Additionally, shorter nails feel more comfortable to animals, just as they often do to humans!
8. Clean Eyes and Ears
Your pet’s eyes and ears are areas that can become dirty or greasy, causing matted or slicked-down fur and unpleasant smells. You can clean your pets’ eyes with a Kleenex or hand wipe, and their ears with a veterinary ear cleaner and a cotton ball. You will notice if your pet’s ears need to be cleaned just by looking at them or smelling them! Some animals don’t need their ears cleaned frequently, but others, especially with long, floppy ears, often do. Keeping eyes and ears clean will produce a happier, better-smelling pet, which will make the owner more comfortable!
7. Wipe Your Pet’s Paws!
Our pets’ paws can get muddy or grimy, especially after spending time outside. Since they are an intimate part of our families and often climb up on our furniture and even our beds, it is crucial to keep those paws as clean as possible! A damp cloth will do the trick or, if there is a lot of caked-on mud, try a quick paw dip in a container with a bit of shampoo, then a rinse and dry.
6. Dental Hygiene
Just like their human companions, pets need to have their teeth cared for and cleaned. Many animals won’t tolerate having their teeth brushed. Luckily, some commercial dry foods are especially good for keeping teeth plaque-free, and there are some great chew toys on the market that help dogs and even cats to keep those canines in good shape. A regular dental check-up with the vet is also a good idea for pets to ensure there are no infections or other problems.
5. Water Play!
Although the old adage that cats don’t like the water isn’t actually true for all cats, this tip is probably most useful for dogs. If you live near a body of water, like the beach, a lake, or a river, letting your dog take a swim now and again is not only a fun way for them to get exercise but also a great way to rinse off their fur and skin. In a lake or pond, where algae can sometimes build-up, a quick rinse with the hose might be necessary afterward, but swimming is a great way for pets to stay happy and healthy!
4. Beds, Clothes and Toys
If you have a clean pet, you won’t have to deal with getting your clothes dirty, sleeping in a grungy bed, or playing with filthy toys. If you want to keep your squeaky clean image up, try to keep all of your pet’s “belongings” as clean as possible. Plastic or rubber toys can easily get rinsed in the sink, and most clothes, plush toys and beds are machine-washable.
3. Clean House
As with your pet’s bed, clothes and toys, keeping the house clean will go a long way. A clean house will keep all the people and the four-legged friends who live in the house happy and healthy! Opening a window or two to air out the house can go a long way toward mitigating smells. Sweeping, vacuuming and dusting regularly can help limit the amount of fur that builds up over time.
2. Regular Professional Grooming
All the cleaning and at-home grooming will help a lot, but it is also essential to have your pet visit a professional groomer regularly. And don’t think groomers are just for dogs – cats can also benefit from being groomed regularly. Groomers have all the high-quality products and cutting-edge skills that you don’t have. They will keep your pet neatly trimmed and smelling fresh.
1. Regular Vet Visits
Even if you pets aren’t so keen on visiting the vet, regular health check-ups are vital not only for your pet’s general well-being but also for figuring out some of the causes behind over-the-top smelliness or shedding. A general check-up at least once a year will help you discover potential problems before they start and allow you to continue to be sure that you are doing what is best for your beloved companions.
It is often said that having a pet is much like having a small child – the constant care, attention and affection required are much the same! Pets need to be cared for in a way that not only makes them feel comfortable and happy, but that also keeps all the family members from rejecting or resenting them if they are too smelly or shaggy. So, keep those furry friends clean, groomed and smelling fresh, and give yourself the gift of truly enjoying their companionship and love!