Getting the “Dog” Out of the House

March 9, 2013 - 5:52pm

A sticky pet hair roller in one hand, carpet deodorizer in the other, and spring cleaning has begun! Or you are expecting house-guests! If this sounds like a frantic you, it doesn’t have to be!

Keeping your home free of pet odours is easy if you care for your pet properly all year round. Healthy, well-groomed pets are generally sweet smelling and good looking. Maybe you don’t smell your pet? Asking friends or relatives to conduct a sniff test will reveal the truth. If they suggest perfume, then you might want to seriously consider the following pet odour removing tips from Petland:

Spay/Neuter: Not only does spaying and neutering reduce pet bodily odours, but your pet will be healthier and live longer. Also, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to spay/neuter your pet to help control overpopulation. Spaying and neutering of puppies and kittens can now be safely done at a very early age – eight to sixteen weeks. Pets that have been spayed or neutered, but still exhibit body odour, should be taken to a veterinarian. Unexplained odours can signal illness or infection.

Circulate Air: A closed house traps many odours – cooking, smoking, and even household cleaners – not just pet odours. Occasionally open a window in your house and turn on a fan to circulate the air, even in winter months.

Brush Coat, Wipe Feet: Start grooming your pet at an early age. Scented, pet-safe shampoos are available, as well as pet-friendly colognes. Clipping long hair, especially found on the britches and tail, will stop bodily waste from clinging there. Also, after a romp outside, cats and dogs can be taught to stop at the door while you wipe their paws with a towel or use a Dirty Dog Doormat, which is super absorbent and available at your local Petland.

Remove Stains Immediately: If a pet soils the carpet, then clean it up immediately. It is best to use a pet-safe cleaner, one that is made to absorb and neutralize the ammonia associated with urine, for example, products such as Nature’s Miracle or Petland’s own brand Stain and Enzyme Remover. If a pet can smell the ammonia, then he will return to that spot again!

Launder Bedding: This should be done as frequently as you do your own bed sheets. Bodily oils, fur, fleas, and other odour-producing remnants can gather and produce an aroma.

Wash Food and Water Bowls: Unwashed food and water bowls harbour bacteria. In time, the bacteria will build and be another source of household odour (not to mention a bad thing for your animal to be consuming).

Make it Smell Nice?: You must routinely groom your pet and keep his environment clean. If you plan on adding a bit of perfume to your house, use pet-safe carpet deodorizers. Many deodorizers can irritate pets’ sensitive skin and respiratory systems. Bacteria and enzyme odour removers work best on fabrics, whereas chemical deodorizers are more effective on non-porous surfaces.

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