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Practice Proper Hygiene for A Healthy, Happy Dog

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Practice proper hygiene for a healthy, happy dog

If you don’t regularly clean your dog’s food bowls with soap and water, you may be putting your pet’s health at risk. And if you don’t sanitize his bed, brush his teeth, and do all of the other chores pet parenting demands of you, you can undercut your beloved dog and even put his health and your own at risk.

All of that dirt, grime, flakes of skin, and fur not only make your home messy, but there is a more important reason why you should take care of your dog’s hygiene. If you don’t, you risk infectious diseases in both your dog and your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 60% of infectious diseases are zoonotic, which means they can be passed from your animal to your human family.

However, these infections can be prevented. Regularly practicing good hygiene for your pet will keep both your dog and family healthy. Here are some of the most important ways to ensure that you are practicing good hygiene for your dog.

Clean food and water dishes

When your dog drinks and eats from his bowl, his saliva transmits bacteria, so his food and water bowls need to be washed frequently to prevent disease.

It is usually recommended that you either hand wash them or put them in the dishwasher every or other day.

Keep dog food safe

When feeding your dog dry food, be careful not to contaminate them with salmonella, which can be transmitted to humans and sometimes make them very sick.

Dry food is best kept in airtight containers. If you are feeding your dog wet food, it should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This prevents bacteria from growing, which happens when it is kept at room temperature.

For those of you who feed your dog raw food, you need to be even more careful. This type of food can be even more susceptible to bacterial contamination.

Wash your hands frequently

According to the CDC, you should wash your hand with soap and water after playing with your dog, and especially after cleaning up after cleaning up. This will drastically reduce the chance of you getting zoonosis.

Wash your dog’s bedding

As you probably already know, your pet’s bedding will collect dirt, grime, and fur. But it can also be a hiding place for flea larvae and eggs as well as other parasites and ticks. It is important to vacuum your dog’s bed regularly, but you need to go a step further too. To be really clean, wash the bed linen once a week with a mild fragrance that is dye-free. When washing the bedding, make sure the water temperature is at least 130 degrees, then dry it on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

Wash your dog’s toys

Your dog’s toys are among the dirtiest things your pet will come into contact with. And failure to clean the toy is not only unsanitary for your dog, but it can also lead to skin infections. So you need to clean your dog’s toys with hot soapy water and then disinfect them with a mild bleach solution. Always rinse well after washing to remove the soap and bleach residue.

You can toss your dog’s toys in the washing machine if you want. You can also wash his collar and leash in the washing machine every month or six weeks.

Keep your dog’s outside area clean

If you’re like any other dog parent, you probably don’t like picking up your dog’s trash in the yard. However, this is a task that should be done as soon as possible, especially if your kids are playing in the same room.

Make sure you always wear gloves when picking up dog poop and use a pick-up tool or dog waste bags to avoid contact with the poop.

These tips are just some of the important ways to ensure your dog is receiving good hygiene. Others include regular bathing, cutting nails, brushing teeth, and regular checks for fleas and other parasites. The important point is that neglecting their hygiene can seriously harm your dog.

Most of these tips aren’t very time-consuming, but they will make a world of difference to your dog’s health and happiness.

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