Animal shelters were running out of enough dogs due to the increased adoption rates during quarantine. People searched for companionship in pets while we were isolated at home, we had more time and were living alone, so it became even more important. Here are some life hacks all new pet owners should know to take care of our new best friends:
- Dryer sheets pick up cat and dog hair like crazy
Removing cat or dog hair from clothing, furniture, carpeting and sometimes even meals feels never ending in most pet owners lives. We love our pets, but enough of the hair. It is an epic battle! Dryer sheets work wonders, simply take a dryer sheet and rub it on any surface needed and the hair will come right up. Here’s a link to Amazon’s best seller for dryer sheets, especially strong against pet hair.
- Use baking soda to clean pet urine out of carpet
There’s nothing worse than having your new pet destroy a carpet because they haven’t learned where they can go or they “shower” you with love everytime you come home, especially excited little puppies. Baking soda is an amazing alternative to harsh chemicals or bleach which could potentially ruin a nice carpet. It’s also inexpensive and almost everyone has it in their cupboard. If you don’t have it already, here’s a link to Arm & Hammer baking soda on Amazon. Make sure the pet pee is dry, if the area is small make a paste from baking soda and water and apply to the affected area. Spray with white vinegar and leave for two hours, then brush away when dry.
- Frozen dog treats to keep your dog busy and cool on hot days
On a hot summer day frozen watermelon treats, or really any ingredient of your choosing will keep your pup cool and busy. Watermelon is an easy choice as it’s affordable, and healthy for dogs. Blend watermelon chunks with a tablespoon of coconut oil (make sure to remove the rind and as many seeds as you can). Pour into silicone molds like these and freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid.
- Citrus keeps cats away from plants
For some reason cats love to chew on leaves. Not only does it result in a damaged plant, but also a potentially sick cat. Easily place citrus peels around the plant, directly on the soil and switch them up for some new ones once they dry up. You can use lemons, oranges, limes or grapefruits. It may not be the prettiest, but it’ll do the job! Also a little side note, many plants are poisonous to cats and dogs, here’s a link to the ASPCA’s toxic and non-toxic plants list.
- Keep dry food in a sealed tub to keep fresh
Although dog food is made to last for a while with it’s long shelf lives, it doesn’t stay fresh forever. Without proper storage, pet food can spoil or go rancid. Store dog food in a sealed container such as this simple one or a little fancier one like this one that is a feeding station and storage.
- Grow your own catnip
Catnip is easy to grow in your own garden! It’s super easy, just buy the seeds from a gardening center or here online and follow the instructions. The seeds can be a little difficult to sprout so make sure to freeze them overnight and then place in a bowl of water for 24 hours. Read on this site for more tips!
- Change your home air filter if you have allergies
If you are not a big fan of medication, an air filter can really help! Some people have never replaced their air filter before and it makes a big difference. Find where your house air filter is located and make note of the size you need. Order your house filter here and once it’s delivered remove the old one and slide in the new one!
- Get pet insurance
There is no way to anticipate what will happen in the future. You can’t predict when or how your pets will get sick, or how much it will cost. Pet insurance will protect you against unexpected veterinary bills. We have a responsibility to mend our pets back to health and this enables us to care for them without financial burden. Download the Goose app here and protect yourself from medical expenses that can occur due to your pet!
- Don’t let your dog ride in the back of your truck unrestrained
Very few pet owners do anything to restrain their pets while riding in a vehicle and it represents a major danger. Not only is your safety at risk, but the safety of your furry companion. There are three potential solutions to this problem:
- Pet carriers: these are a much safer way to drive around with your pet, however be aware not all carriers are well designed to protect your dog in case of a crash. These are the top picks of 2021, depending on the size and breed of your pet.
- Booster seats: booster seats are normally designed for children, but there are booster seats for dogs too. They are super easy to assemble and store and prevent distracted driving. Here’s our favorite on amazon.
- Harness: the harness prevents your pet from moving around, they are easy to use, comfortable and attach right into your seat belt buckle. This one will keep you and your pet safe!
- Brush out mats before giving your pet a bath
Don’t get matted hair wet. It is like felting wool and will make it much worse to remove the mat after. It also helps to put a rubber mat or towel in the bottom of your bathtub or sink. It makes them feel more secure rather than sliding around. If you are like me with a golden retriever, no amount of brushing will minimize the shedding of dog hair, so I resort to a groomer. Here’s a link to Amazon’s choice of grooming brush for your dog or cat that will remove loose undercoats, mats, and tangled hair.
We love our new furry companions! Let’s keep them safe! Download Goose for your pet insurance needs!