The unseen perils your dog brings into your home

Dog on doormat

Dogs are man’s best friend, known for their companionship and fast become a member of the family.

But, whilst they give unconditional love to their owners, you may not be aware that that love also brings with it some hazards which can compromise the safety of your home and family’s wellbeing.

What is your pet bringing into your home?

Saliva – Dogs have at least 20 different species of bacteria in their saliva.

Urine/faeces – There are 23 million fecal coliform bacteria which can be found in a single ounce of dog waste – as well as attracting pests and flies which often carry diseases.

Pet Dander – An estimated 10% of the population suffers with a pet allergy, usually the dander. This is composed of microscopic flecks of skin which is shed by most animals with fur or feathers, causing the reaction in many pet allergy sufferers.

Dirt – This can contain huge quantities of different varieties of bacteria, with one square foot (around 30cm) of carpet is able to carry over 450g of dirt.

How can these hazards affect you and your loved ones?

If left untreated, the bacteria and dander left behind by your pets can lead to air quality issues within your home, leaving your loved ones to contend with any number of the following issues: Allergies, stomach illness, skin infection and worsened asthma.

What can you do about them to protect your home and family?

Invest in a doormat – Having a doormat at each outside door will enable you to reduce the dirt and bacteria entering your home. They are able to absorb the dirt from your families’ shoes and from the paws of your pets, keeping your floors cleaner for longer.

Treat urine stains quickly – To prevent urine stains from seeping into the underlay and under-floor of your home, prompt treatment of urine is imperative as it will help to prevent any permanent damage.

Chem-Dry’s Pet Urine Odour Remover is a great tool to have on hand to get to the route of the stain, neutralising the unwanted pet urine odours and stains. It can be applied to fresh urine or stains up to five days old on your carpets, rugs and fabrics.

Give regular baths – Although once a day is too often to bath your dog, once a month or so can have huge benefits to the bacteria levels within your home.

Not only will you be keeping your pet smelling clean and fresh, but regular bathing can decrease allergen levels by as much as 84%.

Bathing your dog on a regular basis can also significantly reduce the levels of dirt being brought into your home.

Call in the professionals - Regular vacuuming will always help to reduce allergens, but isn’t enough to effectively remove the build up of dog hair debris, odours, stains and bacteria.

It is recommended that those with pets should have the carpets within their home professionally cleaned 2-3 times per year to effectively remove as much contaminant as possible.

This will not only help to dramatically reduce bacteria levels, it will also extend the life of your carpet.

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