Happy National Pet Owners Day! It’s hard to deny the love a pet owner has for their furry companions. I actually never realized just how much I could love a sweet furry little beast until I had pets of my own. They become so ingrained in my life that I can’t imagine life without them. From an endless supply of treats to belly rubs and a basket full of toys, our “fur babies” are spoiled. But it’s not always a walk in the park – there’s the shedding, the “picking up” and the trips to the vet. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it. These pet care tips can make the job a little bit easier and leave you more time for snuggling and playing with your fur babies.
1. Find a product that gets rid of Fido’s footprints and funky smells forever.
Even the most loving pet owners will admit that animals bring smells, dust, dirt and a lot of hair into the home. Sigh. Multiply those smells, dirt, and hair by about a thousand when you own not only a German Shepherd but an aging one to boot. Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Carpet & Room Odour Eliminator – Pet Fresh, will make your job easier and leave pet areas smelling fresh! It helps to release pet odours deep within carpets and loosens pet hairs, helping to lift up to 25 per cent more dirt than vacuuming alone.
2. Give back with a spa day.
Fido’s day at the spa is one way to extend the life of your favourite piece of furniture. Make sure the spa visit includes a nail clipping – no more scratching at your brand new sofa. Give your super furry pet a good brushing outside if possible. No need to deal with all that hair in your home!
3. Make #litterboxlife a little easier.
There’s nothing worse than having to scrape the litter from the corners. Am I right? Today’s the day to switch to Arm & Hammer™ Clump and Seal™ Slide™ Cat Litter, which has a patented formula with “EZ Clean Technology” that helps stuck on messes slide out easily. Plus it delivers a 7-day odour-free home – guaranteed! No scrubbing, no scraping, no odour – no problem!
4. Let your fur baby have a sleepover.
It might be hard to spend time away from your furry friend, but sometimes a night off is needed. Phone a friend who has always offered to pet sit for a weekend and finally take them up on the offer! Or take them to a trusted kennel where they can interact with other pets too. Our dog loves visiting the kennel (we call it her country club!).
5. If you have a big dog, forget about the pet store dog beds.
Buy them a crib mattress. It’s waterproof and instead of trying to put a huge unwieldy dog bed into your washing machine, you can just wipe down the mattress. To make it more comfortable, use crib sheets on it. I wash the sheets with OxiClean™ to keep them fresh and stain-free.
6. Invest in a kiddie pool or two.
One is a perfect way for your dog to cool off on a hot summer day. And it makes a great place to put your cat’s litter box. What???? I know that sounds crazy but stay with me here. Put the litter box inside a kiddie pool and you won’t have to deal with all the litter spreading all over your floor.
7. Treat your pet to something special now and then.
These FroYo Pupsicles are healthy, delicious, and an excellent way to help your “hot dog” (hahaha, I’m hilarious) find some relief when the weather is hot.
8. Thoroughly clean your pet’s food and water dishes on a regular basis.
They should be washed with soap and water on a daily basis to get rid of any germs. You can do this by hand or pop them into your dishwasher.