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Digging for Dirt on Pet Habits

Digging for Dirt on Pet Habits

Last month we set out to discover which boundaries the nation’s pet lovers are willing to cross when it comes to their furry loved ones… and the results are fascinating!

It’s clear that there’s very little a devoted pet parent wouldn’t do for their four-legged friends, with one in ten admitting to sharing a hairbrush with their pet! Many also felt that non-pet owners simply don’t understand the bond between parent and pet – but does this mean that the line between good and bad habits has been blurred?

For example, when is comes to man’s best friend, 25% said that their dogs will eat poo, 20% have caught them eating out of the bin and 7% drink from the toilet. But despite all this, over 80% would still let their pooch lick their face! And it’s not just dogs…

33% of cat owners said that their pet brings other animals into the home (dead and alive), yet 14% of those will drink out of the same cup as their feline friends, and one third would kiss their cat in the lips!

What’s interesting is that, despite our pets’ worst eating habits, one third admitted to never cleaning their pet’s teeth and only 8% take them for a professional cleaning.

Like humans, pets can fall victim to gum disease if their teeth aren’t cared for properly, so how often should we be cleaning our pets’ teeth? Most dog owners identified dental bones and toys as their go-to option when it comes to dental health. Whilst, these do help to reduce tartar build up it’s also important to remember that pet’s also need regular cleanings using an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste or even our Tropiclean gel kit – never use human toothpaste as this can make them ill if they swallow it. It’s also recommended that pets be taken for annual dental health checks to remove any tartar build-up.

Our survey also revealed that it’s not just teeth that aren’t being cleaned as often as they should be… 60% said that they don’t wash their pet’s toys regularly and 20% don’t wash them at all. Almost one half of parents said that their children also pay with their pet’s toys, and 7% of those children also put the toys in their mouths!

Choosing toys that prevent the growth of bacteria, such as BioSafe Germ Smart dog toys, and regularly cleaning them can actually help your pet’s toys last longer. For rubber toys, soapy water and an old toothbrush should do the trick. Soft toys can usually go in the washing machine on a gentle cycle – just make sure you check the label first! 

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