There’s no denying that our doggies are loved almost as much as our children. They are truly loyal and make incredible companions. One of the trade-offs is that they sure track a lot of dirt and bacteria around the house, especially if you have carpets. Toss in some small children who spend a lot of time crawling around the carpets and you have a potential health risk.
Do you know what your dog is leaving in your carpet?
We love our dogs along with the loyalty and companionship they bring us. But dogs also make messes and bring the dirty outdoors into our homes and onto our clean carpets.
A dog has at least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth.
Dog Doodoo and Whoopsies
There are 23 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of doggy poop.
Fleas & ticks
Americans spend $9 billion per year on controlling fleas which represents the largest expense for pet owners; more than food.
An estimated 10% of the population is allergic to animals, with pet dander being the main cause.
Studies have shown that dirt carries many different varieties of bacteria and one square foot of carpet can hold up to one pound of dirt.
How it affects you and your family
When left unattended, dogs will leave all manner of bacteria and allergens in your carpets and upholstery. Only professional cleaning can truly eliminate these health hazards.
- Stomach Illness
- Skin Infections
- Inflamed Asthma
How to conquer these health concerns
By adding doormats, you can absorb water, dirt and muck from your dog’s paws to help your floors stay cleaner, longer.
Bathe your dog regularly
Regular baths for your dog not only keeps their coat shiny, but a weekly bath can decrease the level of allergens by 84% along with decreasing the dirt being tracked into the house. It’s fun bonding and keeps your furry friend smelling nice.
Treat pee stains immediately
Treat pee stains immediately to keep urine from seeping into your carpet padding, causing permanent damage. Dogs will also return to the ‘scene of a pee’ if not cleaned right away. Keep an odor remover on hand for fresh urine and call a carpet cleaning professional to treat older accidents to get rid of strong odor problems.
Have your carpet professionally cleaned
Vacuuming alone is not enough. The EPA recommends homes with young children and pets be cleaned professionally every 3 to 6 months. This is the most effective schedule to remove accumulated dog hair, odor, stains and outdoor contaminants that come with pet ownership.