Keep Your Furry Friend Fresh: Essential Pet Hygiene Tips & Supplies

Maintaining the hygiene of your pets is essential for their overall well-being and health. It goes beyond just keeping them looking and smelling good. Pets, like humans, require consistent grooming and hygiene practices to prevent diseases and ensure a high-quality life. 

This blog will provide ten fundamental tips for keeping your pet hygienic. Additionally, you will be introduced to convenient products from Pet Express to make your pet care routine more efficient and effective. 

brushing dog's teeth

1. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Prevent dental diseases in pets by adding regular brushing to their hygiene routine. Veterinarians recommend brushing your dog’s teeth at least three times a week to remove plaque and tartar build-up.

When it comes to dental care, using dental supplies from Pet Express can significantly contribute to your pet's oral health. Check out our set of pet toothbrushes and toothpaste from Fresh Friends. This set includes a mint-flavored toothpaste formulated to give dogs fresh breath and healthy oral care.

Also read: A Guide to Strong Teeth and Fresh Breath for Your Furry Friends

2. Using Pet Wipes

Our pets often get messy and dirty. Freshen them up between baths with pet wipes from Pet Express. These antibacterial wipes are specially made to disinfect and remove dirt and debris from your pet's coat, paws, ears, and face. 

Remove dog tear stains or food residue around the mouth after eating with this pet wipe. It’s alcohol and paraben-free, so is it safe to use even for puppies and kittens. 

ear cleaning dog

3. Ear Cleaning

    Ear infections are a common problem for pets, especially those with floppy ears. The floppy ears create a warm, moist environment for bacteria and yeast to grow, leading to infections. Symptoms of an ear infection can include shaking the head, scratching the ears, and a foul odor coming from the ears. If your pet shows symptoms, take them to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.

    One way to help prevent ear infections is to clean dog ears with wipes. Use Purry Cleaning ear wipes from Pet Express. These wipes are made to clean your pet's ears, removing wax and debris without irritating them.

    4. Remove Tear Stains

      Tear stains are a frustrating issue for pet owners, not just because they detract from the appearance of your furry companion's face but also because they can cause discomfort and irritation. Tear stains, a reddish-brown discoloration of fur near the eyes, occur when a pet's tears overflow due to excess tear production. 

      Regular grooming removes tear stains, but addressing the underlying cause is crucial to prevent recurrence. This may include changes in diet, specific eye drops or wipes, or veterinary consultation to rule out medical conditions. Pet Express's dog tear stain remover provides a natural and gentle way to keep pets' eyes clean and free of tear stains. They are formulated with natural ingredients that are non-irritating and safe for use around the eyes. 

      Regular use of tear-stain wipes helps reduce the appearance of tear stains and prevent them from becoming more severe. The wipes also help to clean the eye area, removing dirt, debris, and allergens that can irritate your pet's eyes and contribute to tear staining.

      Also read: Pet Supplies Checklist: 6 Must-Have Pet Essentials

      trimming cat's nails

      5. Trim Nails Once a Month

        Overgrown nails are a common problem for pets, causing discomfort, pain, and even mobility issues. They can curl under and pierce the paw pad, which can be very painful and difficult for your pet to walk or run.

        It is important to trim your pet's nails at least once a month, depending on their nail’s growth rate. Some pets may need their nails trimmed every few weeks, while others may only need them trimmed once a month or so.

        Save a trip to the groomer by trimming your pet's nails at home with a pair of sharp nail clippers from Pet Express. Avoid cutting too close to the pink part of the nail (the quick), which contains blood vessels and nerves. If cut, it bleeds and may hurt your pet.

        6. Potty Train Your Pet

          One of the most important aspects of taking care of a pet is potty training. But why? The answer is simple: it lets your furry friend know where to go when it’s time to go to potty indoors or outdoors. 

          Provide yourself and your pet with a few potty training essentials from Pet Express. You’ll need an absorbent pet training pad and pet potty training spray so your pup can go potty inside the house. 

          For dogs who still need some extra training, our pet deterrent sprays offer a gentle and effective way to correct your pet’s unwanted behaviors. These pet sprays discourage behaviors such as chewing, scratching, and marking by creating an unpleasant odor or taste your dog will find unappealing.  

          cat litter box

          7. Changing Cat Litter Regularly

            Clean litter is essential for your cat's comfort and hygiene. It helps keep your feline friend’s paws and coat clean, prevents odors, and reduces the risk of bacterial infections. 

            Keeping your cat's litter box clean and fresh is important for their overall health and happiness. At Pet Express, we understand the importance of providing quality products to keep your feline friend comfortable and healthy. That’s why we offer a variety of cat litter and accessories, including clumping cat litter, scented cat litter, odor-control cat litter, deodorizing cat litter, and more.

            8. Wear Diapers for Pets

              Pets may require diapers when going outside or to public places like the mall, particularly puppies, senior pets, or those with medical conditions. For example, senior pets might experience incontinence because of diminished muscle control, whereas puppies undergoing housetraining could benefit from the convenience of diapers. 

              Additionally, pets with medical conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTI), diarrhea, or post-operative care may require diapers to manage bodily functions and maintain a hygienic environment. 

              When choosing the right pet diaper, consider the pet's size, breed, and activity level. Luckily, Pet Express carries a wide collection of disposable pet diapers designed for the comfort and cleanliness of pets and their owners. 

              9. Poop Pick-Up

                Cleaning up after our furry friends may be challenging, especially outdoors, but it is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. It ensures not only our environment's cleanliness but also our beloved pets' health and well-being. To make this chore a bit more manageable, Pet Express offers a wide range of poop bags

                These poop bags come in various sizes and styles to accommodate different pet sizes and messes. The bags are made of durable and biodegradable materials, making them eco-friendly and easy to dispose of. They are also leak-proof and odor-resistant, ensuring that the unpleasantries are contained and discreetly discarded.

                dog inside the cage

                10. Clean Your Pet’s Cage

                  Regular cage cleaning is crucial for maintaining your pet's health and hygiene. A clean and well-maintained cage provides a comfortable living space for your furry friend while preventing the spread of diseases and infections. Use a cage cleaner and disinfectant spray from Pet Express to clean and disinfect your pet’s cage. 

                  You can now make cleaning up after your pet quick and stress-free, allowing you to focus on the enjoyable moments you share with your furry friend, leaving the unpleasant aspects of pet ownership behind.

                  Maintaining pet hygiene is important for their health and happiness. Following these ten tips and using hygiene supplies from Pet Express can help keep pets clean and healthy. Drop by the nearest Pet Express store or browse our collection of pet products online. Explore more tips and guides on taking care of your beloved pets here.
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