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Next time you pop a handful of blueberries into your mouth, you might want to consider sharing some with your dog. Thanks to their nutritional value and small size, blueberries are a great treat for both large dogs and small dogs.

Benefits of Blueberries For Your Dog

Blueberries are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants), and antioxidants, and have been proven to improve the health of animals as well as humans. The antioxidants in blueberries help fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs and humans. Sources of antioxidants, like blueberries, help strengthen immune systems by fighting free radicals naturally. As an added bonus, studies show that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is good news for those of us with older dogs. Vitamin C and fiber are vital components of proper canine nutrition. Phytochemicals are linked to several aspects of health, including the ability to fight cancer in humans.

There are a few things to keep in mind when feeding fruits and vegetables to your dog. Blueberries are small, which means you don’t need to cut them up, but any new food poses potential risks. Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about feeding blueberries to your dog, and monitor your dog closely after giving blueberries as a treat for the first time.

For more information about human foods dogs can and can’t eat, check out this list.

Source: http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/can-dogs-eat-blueberries/

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You come home from work thrilled to be greeted by your four-legged best friend, but it’s soon obvious you weren’t the only one who had a rough day. Stinky accidents, chewed up belongings, destroyed furniture, another noise complaint from the neighbor—they’re all signs your dog gets stressed when home alone.

Whether it’s extreme separation anxiety or a general loathing of being left alone, not being able to safely stay home alone is a problem. You hate the clean-up, but your pup is suffering from extreme stress. Staying home 24/7 isn’t an option, so here are a few ideas to help your pup feel more comfortable and confident at home alone.

1. Create a Safe Space

There should be an area in your home where your dog feels the most safe and secure. For most pets, their favorite areas are small, comfy, and isolated.  It’s where they go to escape the chaos of the outside world, and it can be used to help them feel calm in moments of stress. Your Dog says,

“Even if you think your dog is bomb proof and not in the least bit nervous, there will be times when he will need a place to escape, a sanctuary. Create a safe haven and make everyone aware of it.

Most dog owners do this through crate training. The crate is never used as punishment, and instead, it’s a beacon of all things safe and good. If you don’t want to crate train, a small room or blocked-off area of the house will also work. If your dog isn’t confident enough to be left alone with unrestricted access to the entire house, keep them confined in their safe place while you’re gone.

2. Exercise Before You Leave

One of the most common reasons why dogs destroy things while their owners are gone has to do with pent up energy. Being home alone means there are no people to observe or play with, and for a dog that loves to be social, that’s a distressing situation. You can help ease the throes of boredom by appropriately exercising your dog before you leave the house.

If you have to leave them alone while you go to work, wake up a half hour early to take pup for a walk. The physical activity will give your dog a chance to burn energy so they’ll be better able to relax when the house gets quiet and boring.

3. Keep Calm

Dogs are perceptive family members, and if you’re worked up about something, they will be too. They can tell when you’re stressed or worried, and knowing their leader—the person who is supposed to be their rock—is breaking down will be all the more concerning. When you go to leave the house, make sure you’re both calm.

Drawn-out goodbyes make you feel better, but it actually makes your dog feel worse about the prospect of being home alone. Instead of telling them how much you love them and that you’ll be back soon, walk out the door without talking to or touching them. Start ignoring them several minutes before you leave, and simply leave like it’s business as usual. This will show your dog that you’re not worried, and they shouldn’t be either.

4. Start Short

Like every other lesson your dog learns, you can’t expect them to be an expert at staying home alone on their first try. It takes practice, and it’s best to start small. When you bring a new dog home, start the process by leaving them home alone for only five minutes at a time. Walk out the door as if you’re going to work and do a loop around the block. If they successfully pass that test, you can increase the time. If you want to avoid messy accidents, remember younger dogs shouldn’t be left alone as long as mature adults. Rover advises dog owners that,

“Generally, puppies can hold it for one hour per every month of age (so a three month old puppy can wait three hours to pee.)”

5. Provide Comforting Entertainment

There are several things you can leave out for your dog to provide both comfort and entertainment while you’re gone. An old t-shirt that smells like you will be comforting and make it seem like your close by even when you’re far away. There’s even a toy from Project Play that’s designed for this exact purpose. You can buy it here.

You can also leave your dog with treat toys that keep them too busy to be stressed. Kongs are safe to give your dog while unsupervised, and they could spend hours licking every trace of peanut butter from the inside. If you want to leave other chew toys or interactive puzzles out for your dog, first make sure they’re 100% safe.

If appealing to their senses of smell and taste doesn’t work, many dog owners use soothing sounds to keep stressed-out pups calm. Try leaving the TV or radio on to make pupper feel like he’s not all alone. There are even audiobooks that are specifically made to help keep dogs calm while home alone.

6. Resist the Urge to Punish

When you come home to find your favorite shoes destroyed, a pile of poo on your new carpet, and an annoyed message saying your dog howled all day long, your first instinct is to yell and punish the dog. It’s a natural response, but it also makes the situation worse.

Dogs aren’t like humans. They can’t connect past behaviors with present punishments. So if you punish them for chewing on something and wave the incriminating evidence in their face, they’ll have no idea what you’re doing. All they’ll know is you’re mad and they’re in trouble. Unpredictable punishments will make them feel even more scared and insecure, which in turn will lead to more stress and behavioral problems when they’re left alone. It’s a vicious cycle that only you can break. Use positive reinforcement on days you come home to a clean house, but never use punishment on the bad days.

7. Leave Your Scent with Them!

As most of us know, dogs perceive the world primarily through scent. This innovative dog toy makes an easy and cute way for your to leave your scent with your pup. Watch the video below to see how it works.

Source: https://iheartdogs.com/6-tips-tricks-to-make-being-home-alone-less-stressful-for-your-dog/?utm_source=FB-Ad_EcomArb_7TipsTricksHomeAlone&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=FB-Ad_EcomArb_7TipsTricksHomeAlone

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Katy Wilson lost her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Jilly 5 days after feeding it duck necks, labled “natural treats.”

Wilson first noticed her dog was having health issues
when it began vomiting, the Hull Daily Mail reports. Diarrhea set in soon after, along with anxiety and pain when Jilly tried to sit or lay down.

An X-ray at the nearest All Pets atore revealed bits of bone fragments in Jilly’s intestines. Sadly, the situation had progressed further than surgical intervention could remedy. Jilly died before a vet could remove the sharp shards.

Source: PxHere
Bone treats can splinter and obstruct a dog’s digestive tract.

“They treated her but she couldn’t handle it, she couldn’t cope,” Wilson told the BBC. “She went within hours.
“We think one of the bones perforated something.”

Source: Public Domain Pictures
Bones in duck necks were the cause of the death of Katy Wilson’s dog.

Now, all too familiar with the dangers of bone-in dog treats, Wilson is wRning other pet parents.

“Every dog owner should know about the dangers of feeding their pets these treats,” she said. “I think they should be taken off the market, but at the very least they should have warning signs on the back of the packaging

Source: PxHere
Always be sure you know what you are feeding your pet

Wilson maintains she’s never seen a warning that certain dog treats could cause illness or injury. Shes hoping such warnings will soon be considered.

“I’m absolutely devastated and I’m angry,” Wilson said. “[Jilly] was such a lovely dog. But her story needs to be told. If I can save just one other dog from dying by warning others of the dangers of these treats, I will do her proud.”

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Rawhide “bones” pose little danger to a dog, but real bones do.

While many canine treats either resemble or contain bones, the RSPCA Cymru, in Wales, has advised against feeding bones to dogs under any circumstance.

“Most dogs do find chewing items rewarding and relaxing so we would encourage owners to consider other safer dog friendly chew toys and treats,” an RSPCA spokesperson said. “There are many different types of treats available and the suitability may depend on various factors such as the size of the dog and how vigorously they chew. If an owner is unsure whether a product will be safe for their pet they should seek advice from a vet.

“If a pet is unwell after eating a treat, particularly if they are vomiting or gagging then immediate veterinary treatment should be sought,” she continued.

Source: https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/jilly-wilson/?utm_source=ars-dli&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=jilly-wilson&utm_term=6187212

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Winter is already starting to hit the southern hemisphere hard and for people AND animals without a warm place to stay, their lives are being threatened. Too many people and animals lose their lives just because they can’t stay warm. But a bus station in Brazil is doing something about it!

The employees at Barreirinha bus terminal in the city of Curitiba didn’t care if the dogs were abandoned or if they didn’t have homes to begin with. What they did care about was keeping them safe and warm. So, they opened their doors, and hearts, to three homeless pups.

The employees named the dogs Max, Pitoco and Zoinho, and got them brand new beds and cozy blankets!

A local politician named Fabiane Rosa saw the pups and the selfless act by the bus station. She praised the employees online and posted the heartwarming photos. It has since gone viral!

Rosa wrote on Facebook (translated from Portuguese), “Congratulations to the terminal staff, everyone understands that these angels are there and have a right to be. So many companies in Curitiba could follow this example, adopting a pet. Of course it is not the ideal, but at least there are those who are looking after them.”

We have to agree with Rosa. Opening their doors, and their hearts, to animals in need is both heartwarming and inspiring. It doesn’t take much to do the right thing. You just have to be willing to do it!

Source: The Dodo

Source: https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/brazilian-bus-station/?utm_source=ars-arsfan&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=brazilian-bus-station&utm_term=6099060&origin=ars-arsfan_social_fb_link_brazilian-bus-station

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For rescue dogs, this is their day.

Watch the first dog show that does not judge a dog on their breed, but rather their personality. Dogs do not have to be purebred to compete, and mutts are our favorites. The only requirement is that the dogs all be rescues.

This dog show will be showcasing the dogs’ best traits out of 10 categories. Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen are the hosts, and the program features some celebrities as the judges.

10 BEST OF CLASSES

Best Couch Potato
Best In Fetching
Best In Kissing
Best In Listening
Best In Senior Dog
Best In Snoring
Best In Special Needs
Best In Talking
Best In Underbite
Best In Wiggle Butt

Celebrity judge Ross Matthews states, “I love special needs dogs. I love an underbite and a crocked tooth. That is just how I roll.”

The top ten dogs, the winner of each group, will face off for the ultimate title, Best in Rescue. The Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners.

We cannot wait to see who wins in each category. Regardless, each category will be filled with wagging tails and adorable faces. The goal of the show is to raise awareness of rescue dogs and help find homes for all the homeless pets.

“It’s such an incredible idea for a show. It’s a chance to encourage people to ‘adopt, not shop,’ to showcase these unbelievable creatures and help end the epidemic of animal homelessness. A lot of people may not understand that there are so many beautiful dogs, pure breeds as well as mixed breeds, who need to be rescued,” Rebecca Romijn tells People.

You will get to know these rescue dogs on a deeper level as their rescue stories are shared. It is guaranteed to be a heart-warming event that will have you smiling and cheering for each competitor.

Rescue dogs range in personality and breed but fill our hearts and homes with joy. Now all dogs, no matter their pedigree, can compete in a dog show to demonstrate their unique traits.

Tune in for the first-ever American Rescue Dog Show on Hallmark Channel on February 19 at 8pm ET/PT.

Source: https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/rescue-dog-show/?utm_source=ars-dli&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=rescue-dog-show&utm_term=6000084&origin=ars-dli_social_fb_link_rescue-dog-show

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Dogs and cats are often targeted in domestic violence cases. Victims are afraid to leave the home without their beloved pet, because they fear the animal will be killed.

Domestic violence victims now have a safe place to go with their pets in South Florida. The new building will be the third shelter in the state that offers pets a safe place to go to get out of a violent home. The Women In Distress Pet Shelter was designed with help from Humane Society of Broward County. They partnered to make sure that the new building would be a safe haven for pets, while women receive help from Women In Distress.

Mary Riedel, President and CEO of Women in Distress tells CBS Miami, “Pets are part of the family and are often the only source of unconditional love. Think about someone who’s in an abusive situation. That pet might be the only source of consolation for themselves and their children so they’re part of the family.”

The new shelter can house 20 pets to live in kennels and enjoy a happy environment. The shelter will open to the public next month and expects to be filled quickly. “Gray paw prints on a freshly painted white sidewalk lead to a brightly colored obstacle course and a mesh bag of fresh tennis balls,” reports Sun Sentinel. Only 3 percent of domestic shelters are able to take pets, but hopefully this will change.

Everyday women are having to choose between leaving an abuser and the safety of their pets. Many will stay in the abusive relationship because they are not able to take their pet to the shelter with them. The highly needed shelter was made possible by generous donors like Bank of America, giving a $200,000 grant. The exact location is not disclosed for the safety of the victims.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that, “71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims.”

If you are in a domestic violence or abuse situation and need information click here or call the National Domestic Abuse hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They also have live chat if you are able to call.
Source: https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/domestic-violence-pet-shelter/?utm_source=ars-dli&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=domestic-violence-pet-shelter&utm_term=AT456&origin=ars-dli_social_fb_link_domestic-violence-pet-shelter
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Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips.

1. TRICK-OR-TREAT CANDIES ARE NOT FOR PETS.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. “Xylitol ingestion can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if they don’t develop symptoms associated with low blood sugar,” adds Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary advisor with petMD. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. DON’T LEAVE PETS OUT IN THE YARD ON HALLOWEEN.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. KEEP PETS CONFINED AND AWAY FROM THE DOOR.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. KEEP GLOW STICKS AWAY FROM PETS.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. “Thankfully, the liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make pets sick,” Coates says, “but it does taste awful.” Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit. Coates recommends that if your pet does chew on a glow stick, “offer some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the material out of the mouth.”

5. KEEP HALLOWEEN PLANTS SUCH AS PUMPKINS AND CORN OUT OF REACH.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed. Coates adds that “some types of mold produce mycotoxins that can cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.” So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…

Source: https://m.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_multi_halloween_safety_tips

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10 dog-approved people foods will provide your dog with variety and a nutritional boost!
By Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott

Can my dog eat that? Apples, salmon, pumpkin, beans, yogurt… people foods that are safe for your dog to eat. As a responsible and informed dog lover, you probably know that too much “people food” can make your dog ill or overweight, but there are some human foods that can be safely added to your dog’s meals in moderation to give a nutritional boost to Queenie’s diet and add a bit of variety to her food bowl. Just remember: any additions to your dog’s meals shouldn’t comprise more than 25 percent of her weekly caloric requirement.

Are you worried that your dog has food allergies? Check out Food Allergies in Dogs.

1. Yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitutes (e.g., Simplesse or Olestra). Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs.

2. Flax seed (ground or oil) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Whole flax seeds are best if ground right before feeding as this type of fat can go rancid quickly. Flax seed can also be added to your dog’s diet as a source of fibre. Flax oil is a more concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids without the fibre. Make sure that you store the oil or seeds in the fridge in an air tight dark container.

3. Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. You can feed salmon or salmon oil. If feeding salmon, make sure it’s cooked before serving, as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.

4. Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. There are so many dog treats on the market that we often overlook the simple, healthy, and reasonably priced treats available at our grocery store.

6. Green beans are a good source of plant fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen.

7. Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat. Make sure to use cooked whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency. If you do a lot of training with your dog, consider taking cooked eggs to your next class as training treats.

8. Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch her dive into her food.

9. Apples are wonderful crunchy treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fibre. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly.

10. Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fibre. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. It can be fed in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their function. Keep in mind oatmeal should always be fed cooked and plain with no sugar or flavouring. As always, check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medications. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients. The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good nutrition coupled with a health care program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15 percent. The suggestions above are not meant to replace your dog’s normal, balanced diet. Rather, they are ideas for alternative treats or for adding a little variety to your dog’s meals.

Source: https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-people-foods-dogs/1896

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Some dog owners think it’s okay to leave their dogs out in the cold but finally, lawmakers are stepping in to teach them a lesson! Pennsylvania signed into law, last June, House Bill 1238, better known as Libre’s Law. The law provides protection for pets against cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Part of that law includes leaving pets out in the harsh winter conditions. Such actions could result in felony charges.

The law states that animals cannot be left outside for more than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any dog owner breaking this law can face felony animal cruelty charges, which can include a punishment of 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

These tougher laws will hopefully deter pet owners from subjecting their animals to any mistreatment. Anyone in the state who sees a pet being subjected to abuse or neglect is encouraged to call 911 immediately.

Source: https://ilovemydogsomuch.tv/libre-law/
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Watch the video below to learn more!

*Note: In the video, Officer Tobin accidentally misquotes the law. It is 30 minutes, not 20 minutes.

New Pa. law makes leaving animals in cold felony - YouTube

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Because pets are always shedding, the tireless robot vacuum is the best vacuum for pet hair — but a great dust mop works well, too.

By Wirecutter Staff Oct. 4, 2018

If you are a pet owner, it’s likely you know this: pets shed constantly. A typical house cat can shed up to 75,000 hairs a day. If you are a typical human, you probably also know that you lack the time and the will to keep up with that kind of cleaning. As a result, pet hair builds up on floors and rugs, which can go from annoying to disgusting in a matter of days.

Many vacuum manufacturers offer special “pet hair” models, but Wirecutter, a New York Times Company that reviews products, has spent hundreds of hours of testing and confirmed that any decent vacuum can handle any amount of pet hair. Pet owners’ willingness to clean is the real limiting factor. So what are the best options?

Robot vacuums work best

Because robot vacuums work autonomously and can be set to clean daily or even multiple times a day, they’re better than any other type of vacuum at keeping pet hair from accumulating.

“Before the Roomba, we vacuumed once a week,” said Alex Arpaia, a staff writer at Wirecutter. “We run the Roomba two to three times a week, and there is a clear difference.” She said it’s also helpful for picking up errant litter. (See more in this guide to the best vacuums for pet hair.)

But robot vacuums have quirks that take getting used to. Much like the animals they’re cleaning up after, robot vacuums have a voracious appetite for unwholesome objects: loose electrical cords, socks, underwear, bits of food, balls of yarn, piles of excrement. Unlike pets, however, the vacuums are programmed to shut themselves off upon ingestion, and fixing them is as simple as removing the blockage — no tools (or vet trip) required. In any case, new owners quickly learn to keep such items off the floor.

And although robot vacuums are effective on most area rugs and short-pile carpets, their suction isn’t as powerful as that of manual vacuums. On top of that, they’re totally ineffective on high-pile rugs and carpets. So you should still have a manual vacuum on hand for occasional deep cleaning. Wirecutter’s guide to upright and canister vacuums looks at multiple models.

Cheaper options

If you’re not ready to take the plunge on a robovac, and if your home mostly has hard floors, a good dust mop is a great option. Wirecutter’s pick is the O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop, from its guide to brooms, dustpans, and dust mops. Its 18-inch-wide head sweeps a broad swath of floor with each pass, so cleaning a large room takes only a few minutes. The microfiber material is a magnet for pet hair and is washable and durable. The mop’s low-profile head and its long, lightweight handle allow it to reach all the way under large sofas and king-size beds — places where pet hair tends to accumulate, and where manual vacuums don’t reach.

Microfiber cloths are excellent for wiping pet hair off furniture. Chemical Guys makes highly regarded car-care products — Wirecutter recommends the company’s microfiber washing mitt in its guide to washing, waxing, and detailing your vehicle — and a 12-pack of its 16-inch-square towels costs less than $20. As with the mop head, you should wash these towels only with non-bleach detergent and avoid using fabric softener, which leaves behind a film that compromises microfiber’s performance.

For upholstery

Robot vacuums work only on floors, and most hand-held vacuums are too weak to clean pet hair off upholstery because they lack a rolling brush head. The attachments that come with a canister or upright vacuum work great, but a cordless stick vacuum makes the chore quicker and easier. These cordless vacuums are almost as powerful as their corded floor-vacuum counterparts but are much lighter and easier to handle. Wirecutter’s current top pick is the Dyson V7 because it delivers strong suction and long battery life, and because it handled better than anything else they tested.

So long as you mount the charger in a convenient location, a cordless stick vacuum remains ready to grab and go for any little mess. As a result, many people find themselves doing frequent quick cleanups instead of letting messes build up. And that helps keep pet hair from accumulating on floors, too.

version of this article appears on Wirecutter.com.

Source:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/smarter-living/wirecutter/pets-shed-constantly-heres-how-to-keep-up.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FPets&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection
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