Taking care of a pet is ultimately fulfilling and mutually beneficial to both you and your beloved furry friend. Alongside the cute and cuddly benefits of owning a pet also comes a responsibility to ensure your pet is as happy and healthy as possible.
Maintaining a high level of cleanliness will benefit not only them but your family as well. It is your duty as a responsible pet owner to ensure your pet never brings pests inside your home. Pests including, but not limited to, ticks, fleas, and mites can cause home infestation if not prevented and quickly eradicated.
Ticks, which can cause Lyme disease and tick paralysis (muscle weakness and respiratory failure), is one of the most dangerous pests your pet can acquire. Dogs should be regularly bathed and groomed, and it is strongly advisable to invest in a quality tick and flea prevention shampoo to be used every other time you bathe your dog. Should you discover evidence of ticks and fleas, Nexguard Chewable Tablets can be prescribed by your veterinarian, which are effective at both treating and preventing infestations.
Most cats detest water, so a fine-toothed flea comb is just as effective and less traumatic for your cat. This will help keep their fur clean and free of matting, which is one of the main ways pests can infest animals.
Rabbits should never be immersed in water; therefore, ‘butt baths’ are best. Hold securely in shallow, warm water and gently wash their bottom and paws. Massage warm water into matted fur, wrapping them in a towel immediately afterward. Any fur that is too matted to comb should be gently removed with scissors.
When your pet is playing outside, it is crucial to ensure the space is as clean and tidy as possible. Keep the grass short, and any borders or soil piles should be regularly raked. All rubbish bags should be enclosed inside bins, and it is vital you remove any dog or cat poo, especially if the excrement is not from your own pet. Ensure you never store any old wood and cardboard in your yard, as both are breeding grounds for termites. If you do discover a termite’s nest, it is vital you contact a professional termite treatment expert such as Proactive Pest Solutions, who will advise you on what to do next and help you tackle the problem.
After your dog has been for a walk, inspect their fur regularly for pests and rub their paws and muzzle thoroughly with a special towel. Ensure you wash the towel after every use and keep it away from family linen.
All interior areas accessible by your pet should be kept as decluttered as possible. Regularly clean the house and never leave any rotting food around, especially anywhere where your pet can access it. All plastic toys, bedding, and blankets should be regularly washed in warm, soapy water, and cage disinfectant should be used to clean all indoor cages and hutches.