A Safe Pet Environment


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills


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Keep Your Pet Happy, Healthy and Safe With a Clean Environment

There are a number of ways to take care of a pet. They might need brushing, claw trimming, affection, shots, vitamins and many other things to make sure they’re in optimal health. They depend on us for so many things. However, people tend to overlook how their environment impacts the health of their pet. Consider these tips to ensure you pet is happy, healthy and safe.


Pets can come into contact with a wide variety of contaminants when the house is messy. It can be from insecticides, bleach, flea medication, prescription pills and a wide variety of other substances. It’s not just kids that you have to worry about with harmful contaminants. Pets can get into things too. Most often, an animal will want to chew on bottles and other hard objects as a chew toy. This can expose your pet to something that might harm them. Even something as innocent as hand sanitizer can cause a problem for small animals. Hand sanitizers smell good. Animals might be tempted to lick the mixture or bite into the container. A number of animals
have licked antifreeze and died from it.


When the interior or exterior of a home is messy, it creates an issue for how well animals can play. Some animals can become squished if there are a lot of items in a home. This can lead to injury or fatality. Animals need to be able to run around freely to get the exercise they need.  They also risk injury by trying to maneuver around heavy objects that lay in their path. This can cause sprains and other types of injuries. Most of the time, issues like these are caused byclutter and a lack of floor space from furniture that is spaced awkwardly. Keeping an open layout in every room can help pets remain injury-free.


Another issue with messy homes is that they can attract pests. It’s not necessarily that food was left out; although, this will attract mice, ants, cockroaches and other pests that search for food in the home. If you get mice in the home, snakes may not be far away. Mice droppings can make humans and pets deathly ill. We also have an invasive species, called the Pharaoh ant These ants are known to carry Streptococcus and salmonella, which can cause problems with any wounds your animals may have. These types of ants are problematic for hospitals. The pathogens these ants carry can otherwise make you and your pets sick.


It can surprise you to know that your animals can have allergies too. Their symptoms are similar to ours. Pets may experience sneezing, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, rashes, fatigue and a host of other symptoms. Along with clearing away clutter in the home, it’s a good idea to regularly clean out any air ducts in the home. Change out HVAC filters, regularly vacuum and have the carpet cleaned. Older carpet can hold a lot of allergens that pets and people can track in. Allergens enter the home through the air too. If you don’t have good airflow, allergens get trapped in the home and kick up into the air any time an animal or human walks across the room.

Viruses, Bacteria and Parasites

Viruses and bacteria are another concern for pets. Animals can get sick from some of the same things we do, but they can get sick from hidden sicknesses too. For example, a tick can transmit a disease to your dog. Ticks are small when they’re first starting out. You might not even notice them. You can spread diatomaceous earth outside the perimeter of your home. It’s completely safe for your animals to ingest. In fact, it will help with getting rid of worms in their digestive systems. You can sprinkle a little in their food. Place it all around your yard to kill centipedes, scorpions, ticks and other arthropods.

Your pet is your best friend. It makes you happy to know they’re well cared for. Think of other ways you can make sure your pet is happy and healthy.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.