Having a pet at home is not always a pleasurable circumstance, especially if your home starts to smell of animal filth. This is one reason why it’s important that you give your canine friend some grooming and cleaning attention. Cleaning up after your dog isn’t only done for the sake of keeping your home clean as it also helps keep your dog happy and healthy.
A professional Dubai pet food delivery service presents you some tips on how you should go about cleaning after your furry pal.
1. Set up a grooming routine
When was that last time you gave your dog a thorough bath? If you don’t remember, then it’s about time you set up a grooming routine. Even just giving your dog a quick bath using water can already make a huge difference.
After bathing, make sure to dry your pup thoroughly and confine him to a clean area. This way, you can prevent him from rolling over dust or mud, and end up ruining your grooming efforts.
- Depending on your dog breed, you may also need to do some de-shedding or trimming to manage his fur.
- Keep your dog’s nails trimmed on a regular basis.
- Brush your dog’s hair before bathing to get rid of any loose or matted dirt and fur.
- Brush your dog’s teeth using a pet-safe toothpaste.
Start with a physical examination
Before you begin your grooming routine, give your dog a head to tail examination. Look at his eyes and ears, and check under his nails and between his teeth. Inspect your pet for anything out of the ordinary that has stuck in his skin or fur.
2. Use a high-quality vacuum cleaner
Take advantage of a pet-appropriate vacuum cleaner to easily remove pesky hairs and extreme odor. You’ll need one that has a good brush action, extra strong suction, and a quality filter to pull hair out. If you have a dog that sheds often, then you need to vacuum daily to stay on top of cleaning.
As much as possible, clean out your vacuum filter regularly as hair and dirt can end up clogging it.
3. Assign a cleaning station
It’s best to set up a cleaning station that’s okay to get muddy. For instance, a laundry room can be a perfect place as you can easily hose down mud with water.
If you don’t have a laundry room, tweaking your entranceway will do. Place a heavy duty doormat and make dog towels, wipes, and a water spray bottle accessible to clean muddy dog paws.
4. Inspect and maintain pet equipment
Your dog’s bed, toys, food bowls, leashes, and collars need some good cleaning, too. Otherwise, it can lead to strong dog odor. Each time you buy pet equipment, consider one that is machine washable for easy cleaning later on.
Whenever you clean your pet’s equipment, do so on a sunny day to ensure complete drying and effectively kill bad odor.
5. Air your house
Persistent dog smell can affect the air quality inside your home. Open your doors and windows to allow some fresh air in. Even a 10-minute blast of fresh air can do wonders at deodorizing your space.
6. Examine your pet’s favorite spots
Your pet’s favorite spots can be the refuge of all dog hair, urine, and pests like fleas. By doing some steam cleaning regularly, you can sanitize and kill any fleas or bugs that may have found their way into your dog’s fur. The place where your pup usually hangs out is often where you should do some thorough cleaning.
7. Scoop poop right away
Leaving your dog’s poop out even for a few minutes is not a good idea. The moment your canine pal finishes his business, make sure to scoop the poop right away. Or else, you may end up stepping on it and spread it all around the house.
A clean dog is a happy pet
Although dogs don’t need frequent bathing as much as humans do, it’s still important that you establish a cleaning routine for your pet.
As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to help your furry friend live a healthy life, and this starts by efficiently cleaning after him. Make your dog cleaning routine a part of your household chores to ensure that not only your home but also your pet remains dirt-free.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.