Our pets mean so much to us. It is essential to treat your pet like a member of your family. A must for your pet is ensuring your pet’s basic hygiene is kept up. Unlike humans, pets cannot keep their hygiene up. That’s where you come in. Keeping up with your pet’s hygiene is not only helpful to your pet but also beneficial to your household. Unkept health habits and hygiene may result in bacteria being spread, and before you know it, everyone is sick. Follow these good hygiene tips to stay on top of your pet’s care properly:
Frequent Litter Box Cleaning
We all know the smell that comes from a litter box. Did you also know that litter boxes are a breeding ground for intestinal parasites and germs? Parasites such as hookworms and roundworms tend to breed fast in litter boxes. Moreover, these parasites are easily transmitted to humans. Toxoplasmosis is spread through cat feces; it is a disease that comes from litter boxes. Symptoms from toxoplasmosis can be flu-like or may cause birth-defects to women who are pregnant. That is why women who are pregnant should avoid cleaning litter boxes if at all possible. It’s recommended that you clean and disinfect your cat’s litterbox daily to reduce these risks. These days there are some litter boxes on the market that self-clean and disinfect, which could be a better investment if you want to avoid the hassle.
Keeping Pet Bowls Clean
We all know that food and water bowls are filled with nasty germs. Your pet eats and drinks from these bowls many times a day and transmits bacteria and saliva to the dish. Bacteria grow and then cause illness. Make sure you clean your pet’s bowls every day to reduce the spread of bacteria and ensure proper pet hygiene.
Pesty Fleas and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks can be prevalent, depending on your geographic location. It’s essential to stay on top of flea and tick prevention for your pet. Your pet will be thankful you did. Why? Because fleas and ticks are uncomfortable for your pet and everyone else. Fleas and ticks carry diseases, and if your pet isn’t on a preventative, it will be a problem. Missing just one dose can cause a flare-up and more issues for you. Clean your pet’s toys and their collar frequently to ensure proper pet hygiene and mitigating the horrible fleas and ticks.
Brush their teeth
Bad breath in pets is worse for pets than it is for humans; it seems. Bad breath is also a sign of poor dental hygiene, too. Clean your pet’s teeth to keep up with its health and to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Doing so will stay on top of pet hygiene in the long-run.
Clean their ears
Even if your pet does not display ear issues, it is still imperative to keep up with cleaning your pet’s ears as a part of a hygiene routine. Failing to do so can result in rubbing or scratching, foul odor, redness, or discharge, which are signs of ear issues. Make sure you are using cotton balls and a cleaning solution, not Q-tips, which lead to ear damage.