How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Spring Cleaning
While spring cleaning includes removing items from your home that you no longer want or need, it also means thoroughly cleaning every crevice of your home to remove dirt and debris that gathered over the winter.
But before you dig into your cleaning products and removing everything from closets, you first need to consider your dog. If you’re not careful, you could end up harming your pup in the process. The following tips will help keep your dog safe during your next spring cleaning event.
Get them out of the way.
One of the first things you should do before you start your spring cleaning endeavors is to remove your dog from the area you’ll be cleaning. For example, if you plan on tackling your garage, make sure that your dog is locked inside the home or placed in the backyard. If your dog is around while you’re cleaning, it’s likely that they will find something to chew on, which could be dangerous to their health, or it’s also likely that something could fall on top of them, which could harm them severely. Instead of taking the risk, make sure that your dog is not in the area you plan on cleaning.
When it comes to spring cleaning, most people don’t have an organized plan of attack, and this can be dangerous. If you move from one room to another without taking the necessary precautions, you could end up leaving garbage out in the open that your dog could chew. If the item is toxic, this could cause serious health problems for your pup. Even if it’s not toxic, chewed items could get lodged in your dog’s throat. Instead of going about your spring cleaning nonchalantly, make sure you have a plan of attack. Start in one room and don’t move on until that room is complete. Make sure that you bring trash bags with you and put all garbage in the trash bag instead of in a pile on the floor. This will keep your dog from getting into items that could cause harm. You will also want to make sure that you sweep or vacuum the room thoroughly before moving on to clean up any small debris that could have been left behind.
Use the right cleaning products
There are so many cleaning products on the market, and unfortunately, some of these cleaning products are harmful to your dog’s health. You should always make sure that the products you’re using are safe for your dog, and if they’re not, you should always make sure that your dog is out of the room before using them and that the area is well ventilated. Ventilating the area will keep the fumes from harming your dog, and it will also help to ensure that any residue dries. This way, if your dog were to lick an area that was cleaned with the product, it will not cause them any serious harm.
Emily Grant is a blogger and animal product reviewer who often writes about pets and their safety.