Owning a pet can be a big responsibility. You might remember that your pet needs to visit the vet at least once a year, but there are other considerations, too. Consider these four house checks that you should perform yearly to keep your pet safe and your home in good shape.
Whether your pet is a strictly indoor cat or a dog who goes in and out at will, fleas are a potential issue. So are ticks and other pests that can hitch a ride in your pet’s fur. Having pest control come to your home annually to evaluate any pest issues you’re having and give you preventive tools against pests is an easy way to make both yourself and your pet more comfortable.
You may know not to flush your pet’s fur down the toilet, but what about the fur that naturally sheds during your pet’s bath? Or fur that floats in the air and settles in the bathtubs, sinks, and toilets? All this fur has the potential to gather and create fur clogs in your plumbing. Have a plumber check once a year to make sure this isn’t happening or break it up before it becomes a major issue.
Windows and doors
Cut screens, cracked glass, and doors that don’t latch securely are all potential escape routes for your pet – and intrusion points for pests like rodents and fleas. Take a walk through the house once a year and confirm that all your windows and doors are secure with no cuts, cracks, or other problems that might allow your pet to go outside when you don’t want them to.
You might love air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter, but you won’t love the bill if the system has to work too hard to heat or cool your home. If your pet’s fur or dander has clogged these ducts, that’s exactly what you’ll end up with. Not only that, but pet dander settles in these ducts and, when the air or heat comes on, is blown all over the house, irritating allergies. Have the ducts cleaned once a year to keep bills low and pet dander to a minimum.
Owning a pet is a rewarding experience with unconditional love and plenty of affection. Take care of both yourself and your pet by ensuring that your home is a pleasant and comfortable place for both of you to live.