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Clean Floors Mean Healthier Pets

Mar 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM Chime in now

Clean floor=healthier pooch


Amanda Baltazar, petside.com

Here's a quick primer on how to keep your floors clean in every season, and how it will help your pet stay healthy.You may sometimes think your home isn't smelling too sweet, but trust us, your dog is probably find it worse since his sense of smell is, apparently, a thousand times stronger than yours.

On top of that, the poor fella spends his days cruising around with his nose almost glued to your floors. Yes, that's right, the floors you trample mud onto, waft pollen over and drop food on.

None of this is very healthy for your dog -- or your cat for that matter -- so here's a quick primer on how to keep your floors spic and span in every season, and how it will help your pet:


Winter's often wet, so you'll likely be tracking mud into the house, and along with it, parasites. These parasites can then jump onto your pet's fur, and because she cleans herself, then become a substantial part of her next meal, says Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant and author of 23 pet care titles. This can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even deadly illness.

Also watch out for mold and mildew, which are mostly likely to occur during wet weather. Your bathroom is particularly susceptible to this. If your pet inhales mold or mildew, explains Shojai, or even licks it from the floor, he can end up with itchy skin, lung irritation and wheezing, ear infections and hair loss. A Swiffer WetJet will easily clean floors and has a scrubby strip for any particularly tough moldy spots.


Dust and pollen are released in the spring so keep your floors as free from them as possible, especially if your pet suffers from allergies. Dust or pollen on the floors will get trapped in her fur and cause her constant irritation or itching. So, clean regularly with a Swiffer Sweeper, which will be more effective than a broom.


Ah, summer, the days of playing in the grass under blue skies. It's fun for your pets, too, until the fleas and ticks that your shoes and pant legs bring inside find them.

Ticks can spread Lyme disease that can cause arthritis-like symptoms and lameness, and a number of blood diseases like ehrlichiosis, which brings on bleeding disorders. These parasites, says Shojai, can cause anemia from blood loss and sores that can turn into hot spots at the site of the bite.

Fleas are just as bad and can start an entire family in your pet's fur, laying eggs that will then fall off onto your floors and create families of their own. Use a Swiffer Sweeper then a Wet Mopping Cloth to pick up anything that's left.


It's important in all seasons to get your windows open simply to introduce some fresh air into your home, but especially in the fall when you've probably just turned on your furnace, says Shojai.

Use a Swiffer 360° Duster, which is designed specifically to clean dirt in grooves and crevices, to dust off your window treatments and window sills so you're not simply blowing dust inwards.

As well as this, Shojai recommends changing the filters on your furnaces and air conditioning vents, particularly at this time of year when you'll be firing up that furnace. Otherwise, it will blow all kinds of dust and insect bodies across your floor for your pet to inhale and dine on.

Turning on your furnace can also bring on asthma in your cat when a year's worth of accumulated dust, pollen and mold blows out of the ducts into the air.
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