by Karen Bates
(last updated September 21, 2015)
Dog lovers care about their canine pals and want to be sure that these animals are properly provided for. Buying the right food, toys, treats, and accessories is important to your dog's health and safety. But when you first bring a dog home, you might not think about something else: cleaning up.
Some dogs come into a new home with a lot of training, but even the best-trained dogs can have an accident in the house now and then for various reasons. Whether your pet went potty on the rug or threw up on your couch, you will need to be prepared to clean up the mess. Because it is important to clean up such messes as soon as possible after they occur, it is best to have the proper cleaning products on hand to take care of any dog-related messes you might encounter.
When looking for products to clean up dog messes, there are a few things to consider. First, try to avoid cleaners with heavy chemicals that could potentially hurt your dog or other pets in your home. Look for cleaning products that are made especially for cleaning up after pets, cleaners that are made with safe and natural ingredients, or cleaners that state that they are safe for use around animals. Some dogs can be especially sensitive to chemicals, so be sure to choose a cleaner that will be safe for your canine friend.
Another consideration when selecting a dog cleaning product is whether or not it includes enzymes. Enzymes can be important for cleaning up pet messes, especially if you are still working on housetraining your dog. If your dog urinates on the carpet, he may still be able to smell the urine even after you clean it up. By using an enzyme cleaner, the urine smell will vanish. Because your pet won't be able to smell the old mess, he will be far less likely to use this spot as a potty again. Instead of just covering up the smell, a cleaner with enzymes will actually eliminate the scent.
There are other helpful cleaning products that you can use to clean up after your dog. Lint rollers and gloves can remove pet hair from furniture and clothing. You can also find cleaners that remove specific stain types or work best on specific surfaces. You should be able to find cleaning products to best suit your needs.
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