Do you know where fleas and ticks hide in your home? They can be found in a variety of places such as the cracks in hardwood floors; on the couch, bed or chair cushions; in rugs and carpets, and on your dog’s bed and blankets.
Now that Spring 2019 has arrived, it is important to be tick aware - for your dog’s and family’s safety. The best way to help you deal with ticks in your home is to prevent them from entering. What can you do?
Put a fence up to reduce the number of tick carrying animals strolling through your yard
Keep your lawn mowed and remove dead leaves/piles of brush
If you take a walk in the woods, check yourself and your dog before you enter your house
Put your walking clothes in the wash immediately so ticks do not have a chance to move into your home
Vacuum your car if you drove it right after your walk
Keeping your house clean helps too. Vacuuming removes up to 30% of flea larvae and up to 60% of flea eggs from rugs, carpets and bedding. Using a quality HEPA vacuum will reduce ticks and
Vacuum regularly (Using a robotic vacuum helps - see the post on How to Solve the Pet Hair Problem)
Check your pet using a flea comb
Treat your pet with flea and tick treatments
Keep you dog’s bed clean - vacuum daily and wash weekly
How to Check Your Dog for Ticks
Use the picture to the left to find out the spots on your dog where ticks like to attach. Ticks like the warm areas, such as the ears and under legs. I have removed ticks off my dog’s nose as well as every spot on the picture.
Using a sharp tick removal tweezer, grabbing at the mouth of the tick and pulling gently works the best for me. Some ticks really hang on so it may take a minute or two. Always give a reward as I give my dog and myself a treat after it is all over!
PawSheets Can Help
Changing your dog’s bed cover weekly can be a pain. So why not use a fitted sheet that can easily changed every week? That’s what inspired PawSheets. PawSheet customers send me emails telling me they use PawSheets on chair or couch cushions. It ‘s a great idea.
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According to a recent survey conducted by PawSheets, the top challenge of dog owners is keeping their dog’s bed clean and odor free.
This is no surprise. There are more styles for dog beds than ever before. Even for not-so-big dogs, extra large dog beds, bolster dog beds and couch type beds are becoming very popular.
According to International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH), a dog bed should be washed once a week. Germs and other nasty stuff can live on a dog bed for up to 12 months! The large and extra large dog beds present more of a challenge. Removing a stinky, hairy cover is not fun, and refitting the washable cover is no easy task.
If you are like me, washing a couple large dog beds (or even the covers) every week is a bit more than I can handle. I find that there are several reasons for this:
- My dog beds are too big for the washing machine – so need to go the laundromat.
- What if the dog bed cover shrinks at a high temperature making putting it back on next to impossible?
- What if the dog bed cover zipper wears out?
I don’t know about you but washing the dog bed cover ends up at the bottom of my weekend ‘to do” list – right after cleaning the garbage cans.
Tips to Help Keep The Dog Bed Clean
Keep in mind the longer you wait to wash the dog bed, the harder it will be to get it clean. So here are a few tips to help keep a dog bed clean and odor free:
- Buy beds with a removable, washable cover and a good zipper.
- If you dog tends to have wetting issues, trying enclosing the mattress in a large plastic bag and then put the cover over the bag.
- Vacuum the bed daily. Use a pet hair sticky roller to remove the stubborn hair.
- Make a deodorizer spray with some baking soda, essential oil (lavender, lemongrass) and water. Spray the bed daily.
- Some people spray the dog bed with Febreze®. If you do, I would suggest spraying the underside of the dog bed in case of a sensitivity.
- Do not let it get too stinky. If it does, it may be time for a new bed.
- Try using a durable dog bed sheet – or two. PawSheets are made with plenty of fabric and big enough to use two at once.
- I use two PawSheets and wash the top one weekly. Then if the underneath one is still fresh, I use it on top of a fresh PawSheet.
The Best Tip to Solve Dog Bed Odor
Extra large, XXL and fancy dog beds look great when they are new. The best tip is to think about how easy or difficult it will be to keep the bed clean and fresh – before you buy.
Have any other ideas for keeping you dog’s bed fresh? Please share with us.
People who love dogs also love to spoil their canine companions. Do you baby your dog? Does it make you deliriously happy to shower your pup with gifts? Well, during this Christmas season, you may want to add these gift ideas to your wish list. Who knows? You just may find some of these items tucked beneath the tree.
Do you worry about your pet escaping from the yard? After all, if your dog escapes from your property, he runs the risk of getting lost or hit by a car. So why not add electric fencing to your Christmas list? Electric fencing keeps your dog safe and close to home. The cost to install an electric fence is $962-$1434. If you and your dog have really been good this year, maybe someone will pay for the installation as your Christmas gift. So go ahead! Add it to your wish list.
Keep Your Pooch Warm
If you live in an area where it gets cold in the winter, you know that temperatures during this season can be brutal. So while you pile on the layers of clothing to keep yourself warm and toasty, don’t forget about your dog. He gets cold too! Ask Santa to give your pup some warm sweaters to keep him protected from the frigid air. Dog sweaters come in a variety of colors and styles. All of them are designed to keep your dog comfy and warm. He’ll also look impossibly adorable as he struts outside in his new sweater.
Speaking of keeping your dog comfortable and warm, your pup will definitely appreciate a new dog bed. A bed will help your pet sleep better and can be especially beneficial for older or overweight animals.
If you already have a dog bed, consider treating your dog to a clean bed by getting him a new sheet specially designed to fit pet beds. This sheet can be changed weekly to reduce hair, dander, and odors. Many of us do not even realize how dirty our pet’s bed gets. No one likes dirty sheets, including your pooch.
Dogs love to play with toys that are soft and squeaky. So add dog toys to your Christmas list. Today’s dog toy options are practically endless. Chew toys, soft toys, noise-making toys, and balls are all perfect gifts for your dog. And you can’t go wrong with an interactive toy that requires your dog to do a bit of thinking to remove a treat or dollop of peanut butter from the toy. Toys that make dogs problem-solve keep them busy while you’re away so they won’t suffer from separation anxiety and chew up your favorite house slippers.
Perfect for those walks around the neighborhood, dog strollers provide your pint-sized pup the chance to rest his little legs. Similar to a traditional baby carriage, dog strollers allow you to place your small dog inside it for a relaxing stroll. Made with stylish fabrics and modern designs, your precious pup will feel special and pampered as he rides inside it.
GPS Collar and Pet Tracker
Worried about your dog getting lost? Ask Santa for a GPS dog collar or pet tracker so you know where your dog is located at all times. These collars monitor your pup’s whereabouts so even if he escapes from the house, you can still track him down. Far from frivolous, these gifts can recover a lost dog and even save his life!
You hate being separated from your canine companion, but you have to work. How else will you pay for his kibble and expensive dog toys? Fortunately, you can still monitor your dog in real time as you go about your work day. Just ask Santa to buy you a dog monitor. Dog monitors are cameras that let you spy on your dog all day long. They use the internet to function, so you and your dog can be separated by thousands of miles, but you can still see what he’s up to while you’re away.
Admit it. You want your dog to enjoy the season by receiving gifts he’ll literally slobber over. As an important member of the family, he deserves to be showered with love and presents. So if you want to make your pup’s Christmas merry and bright, add some dog-friendly gifts to your Christmas list. Your dog will thank you !
Thank you Cindy Aldridge for contributing this post!
Photo via Pixabay
Hot Tips for Washing a Pet Bed
It is no surprise that a dog bed is a magnet for hair and dirt, but did you know that it can also harbor flea eggs and larva, ticks and other parasites? According Dr. Heidi Maher, Medical Director of The Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic in Madison Wisconsin, bedding should be washed with a mild fragrance and die free detergent weekly or when it becomes dirty. Water should be warm (130° or higher) and dry on high for 20 minutes.
If you or someone in your home has asthma or allergies, clean bedding will keep pet dander and hair to a minimum. Washing bedding regularly is very important to remove parasites eggs and flea dirt. It also eliminates the odor of a stinky dog bed!
An Easier Way Then Washing
PawSheets offer an alternative to frequent dog bed washing. What makes them so convenient is that they are easy to take on and off and are made of a polyester and cotton blend. They are durable, do not shrink or fade and still provide a nice comfy feel for your pet. So you can use a hot water and a hot dry setting to rid the dog bed sheet of fleas, spiders, ticks and other dirty stuff.
PawSheets Fit Most Dog Beds
Before you look for a dog bed replacement cover that often has to be an exact fit, try a PawSheet. PawSheets’ unique design makes them a great fit on round, square, rectangular or oval pet beds.
This is a question I have struggled with for years. They look so tempting at the pet store and I know my dogs love them.
Based on advice from my vet, I stopped giving rawhide to my dogs. I know people who give their dogs rawhide chews and never have a problem. When I read an article on vetSTREET, I thought it would be good to share a few considerations.
Considerations when giving a dog rawhide chews:
- Only buy if made in USA. That means sourced and manufactured in the US.
- Can be a carrier of salmonella so wash your hands after touching. Don't let your baby near them!
- Know your dog's chewing style. Does your dog chew or gulp? My Lab gulps so it could be trouble for him. My Shepard mix chews everything to the max so it is unlikely to get stuck in his throat or stomach.
- Can help with teeth and gums but not a substitute for brushing.
- Make sure you are around to supervise your dog while he is chewing in case of a problem.
Another post The Dangers of Rawhide Dog Chew Toys presents good reasons to avoid commpletely rawhide chews. For one, they are not regulated so who know what chemicals were used to produce them.
For me, forget the rawhide. Too many considerations. I have tried antlers, but they actually cracked on of my dogs teeth! My most successful toys and treats are rope toys, Greenies (which have been reformulated and OK by my vet) and smart toys.
Here is a video of my Lab with his new smart toy... he is finally getting the hang of it. The first couple days he was trying to bite the toy open!