How To Keep A Pet-Friendly Home Clean

We all know people who own a couple dogs or a few cats whose house reflects that. Either their house is covered in pet hair, or there is a strong pet odor right when you enter their home.

So, is it possible to share a house with your pet(s) and still be able to maintain a clean and tidy home? Fortunately, if you lay down a few ground rules, it shouldn’t take too much extra work. Although it would be nice to get your pet to follow along with house rules, these rules aren’t for your pet, these rules are for you:

  • Decide what parts of the house you’re willing to share with your pet and be consistent about it.

  • While most of us consider our pets apart of the family, don’t allow your pet to sleep in your bed.

  • Groom your pet regularly to avoid dog or cat hair all over your furniture.

  • Give your pet the attention it needs. Take it out for a walk or to the park. A bored pet is likely to tear into things or chew things up. 

Feeding Your Pets

Try to find a place in your home where you won’t mind if your dog knocks over the water dish or if catnip is spilt on the floor. Consider an outer room like your garage or a utility area. Most utility areas have sinks where you can clean out dishes, you can also store your animal’s food in this room.

Keep food and water dishes in a plastic container or tray to protect your floor from spills. Wash the tray or container every week with hot water and bleach. Avoid feeding your animals on carpet floors.

It’s important to get in the habit of cleaning out your animal’s dishes right after they are done eating. Teach your animal to eat right when you put their food out so you can clean the dish immediately after. If you have to work all day, leave a water bowl out for your pet.

Battling Animal Fur

A shedding dog or cat can be one of the biggest hassles about owning a pet. A good vacuum is a necessity when you have an indoor pet. Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to get hair off furniture. For chairs, beds, and blankets, use a wet rubber glove to gather pet hair. If anyone in your home has bad allergies, groom your pet outdoors to keep dust particles and hair out of the house. If you have a pet that tends to shed a lot, make sure you change your vents regularly to keep pet hair and particles out of the air. 

Bedding For Your Pet

While flannel bedding may look nice, it accumulates pet hair and can be a pain to clean. A wicker bed is a better choice because you can easily wash down the basket. Whatever bedding you choose for your pet, make sure you clean it once a week. If you don’t clean your pet’s bedding, it can become a home for fleas and mites.

No matter how easy to clean your home is, when you own a pet, it will take a daily and weekly effort to keep your home clean. The key is to prevent as much mess as possible and your home will be both clean and pet-friendly.

Trisha Banks is a blogger for Steamer's Carpet Care in San Antonio, Texas. Trisha just bought a cat and wanted to learn ways to keep her home fresh and clean while still keeping it pet-friendly. 

How To Care For Your Dog Teeth At Home

Oral health care is not just an important part of good hygiene, it is important for overall health when it comes to people and their furry best friends. Yes, your dog needs to maintain good oral care, on a daily basis too.  The health of your dog’s mouth is vital to its overall health and should be factored and worked into your daily routine, along with scheduled feeding and exercise. While it is important to let the professionals check your dog’s teeth every six months or so – there are things you can do to help keep your dog’s oral health in optimum shape.

The Basics of Brushing Dogs Teeth

You should be brushing your dog’s teeth daily. If life is too hurried and an extra minute is not available every day, try to factor the time to conduct a quick brush every other day or at a bare minimum, twice per week. Brushing your dog’s teeth helps keep plaque and tartar at bay which if left on the teeth can quickly turn into a serious mouth condition and lead to other health concerns. Tools to help make brushing somewhat easier include a special toothpaste made for dogs, longer for you to maneuver, and do not forget the special doggy toothpaste. While the toothbrush is not necessary, the toothpaste is since people toothpaste can make dogs sick.

Flossing Dog Teeth is Essential

Much of a dog health care plan is the same as ours. Flossing is an essential follow up to brushing your dog’s teeth to ensure that plaque that is left from brushing is removed before it hardens and becomes more difficult to remove. Flossing is something you will need to work with as you and your dog become comfortable with this task. Give your dog breaks as holding its mouth open for extended periods of time can be very uncomfortable. After a while, flossing will become second nature for both you and your dog.

Keeping Clean In-Between Cleanings

If you are brushing your dog’s teeth less than once daily, it is a good idea to offer your dog ways to clean his teeth in-between cleanings. There is a wide selection of treats available at pet-friendly retailers that can help accomplish this for you. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian to discuss their preferred type of teeth-cleaning snack.

In addition to these three easy teeth cleaning steps, you should conduct a visual inspection of your dog’s mouth daily. Early detection of a problem is the best way to help prevent serious issues with your dog’s oral health later on. Signs of a potential problem are bad breath; bad doggy breath is not typical. Red and inflamed gums that bleed easily and signs of yellow buildup on your dog’s teeth are other symptoms you should watch for. If any of these signs are noticed take your dog into your veterinarian as soon as possible. It is also important to make sure your dog has regular oral health care visits twice a year for a checkup and be sure to ask your veterinarian on tips for improving your oral health care for your dog.

Author Bio: Sami Berman fosters dogs that are considered at-risk from local shelters and rescues. Sami provides a loving and safe environment for her furry guests that begin with a reliable dog containment system with remote training collars.

How To Help Your Dog Deal With The Loss Of Another Pet


Undergoing the loss of a pet can be a difficult situation. You love your pets like another family member, and you are greatly affected by their loss.

But along with your own suffering, you need to understand that other animals in the house are also grieving the loss of the other pet, and this confusion could cause your dog to behave differently over the next few days or weeks.

There are certain things you can do to help your dog overcome the loss of another pet in the home, and the following are a few tips to help.

Do fun things with the dog.

One of the best ways to help your dog deal with the loss of another pet is to start doing more fun things with the dog. Take them for more walks throughout the week, bring them to a dog park, or even take them for a ride in the car to a fun pet shop. This will help them feel more special, and it will also help you to bond with the other dog. Plus, doing something fun can help your dog take their mind off the other animal, which is a great help.

Buy them activity toys.

There are plenty of dog toys on the market today that can keep your dog entertained for longer periods of time. Buy a Kong ball and stick a treat or peanut butter inside to make your dog attracted to the toy for a longer period of time. Or buy a toy that has different components to it that your dog will love, such as the Bristle Bone. This way, your dog will be entertained for more hours during the day, which means they won’t be thinking about the other pet.

Start a daily activity with your dog.

Another way to help your dog grieve is to provide them with a daily activity that they can look forward to. For example, you can start talking your dog for a walk everyday after work. This way, your dog will start to look forward to your daily walks together when you get home from work. This is easily something that can help them keep their mind off the other pet.

Invest in a dog walker or daycare.

If you leave your dog home alone while you go to work, you may want to invest in a special dog walker or a doggy daycare for your dog to help them grieve. When your dog is home alone, the realization that their companion is gone will be much stronger. If you invest in a dog walker or a doggy daycare, your dog will have someone come to the house to play with them, or they’ll have a building full of other dogs to play with and keep them entertained. This can help keep your dog from feeling lonely, especially for the first few days after the other pet has passed.

Get another dog.

Some people help the dog grieve by getting another dog. While this can work, it’s important that you don’t try to replace the other pet right away. Instead, give your dog some time to try to process the information that the other pet is not coming home before introducing someone new. Then, if your dog and your family seem ready, you can invest in another dog for your home.


Danielle Nottingham is an avid blogger for who often writes about the world of pets in an attempt to better educate pet owners.