In many homes, pets are members of the family. Like people, pets can carry germs. Help protect your family from these germs with a few easy cleaning tips.
In many homes, pets are members of the family. But, just like people, pets can carry harmful germs in and on their bodies. One of the most important ways to help your pets stay healthy is by making sure they are fully immunised, and that cats and dogs are treated regularly for fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and other parasites. There are also specific cleaning tips you can follow to help protect your family from harmful germs.
Cleaning Tips for Homes with Pets
- Wash your hands after touching animals or their toys, dog leads, cages, blankets, bedding, or other pet equipment.
- Provide pets with their own feeding dishes and utensils that you clean separately from other household items. Clean and disinfect these regularly, and rinse them thoroughly with water before re-use as some cleaning products may be toxic to animals. (Always read the label.)
- Regularly clean and disinfect floors and feeding areas used by pets, and never allow pets onto food preparation surfaces.
- Immediately clean and disinfect any surface contaminated with animal excretions.
- Don't clean pet cages and tanks in your kitchen sink. Use a bucket if necessary.
- Do not let your pet share your plate or lick your face.
- Check your pet regularly for signs of ill health and keep claws trimmed to reduce the risk of scratches. If your pet becomes ill, seek advice from a vet promptly.
- Ideally, someone else should clean the cat litter tray, but if a pregnant woman has to do it, they should wear gloves and wash their hands thoroughly afterwards.