Germs and German Shepherds

Germs are a threat not only to us humans, but also to our pets. As humans we do quite a bit to prevent ourselves from picking up unwanted germs and keeping ourselves from catching viruses and diseases.

But what about our pets?

What can we do to help keep our pets from these germs, viruses, and diseases? A lot of the same things we do to protect ourselves, we can also do for our pets. Here is a list of some things that you should keep in mind when it comes to pets and germs.

Bathing

A lot of our dogs get bathed on a somewhat regular basis. This is a fantastic way to help clean up their coat and help keep their skin healthy.

Dogs don’t need to bath nearly as often as we humans shower, but they do benefit from regular baths. As an added bonus they usually come out smelling nice and clean.

Teeth Brushing

Brushing your pet’s teeth is important for pretty much the same reasons it is to brush your own teeth. Brushing gets rid of any germs and plaque that builds up on their teeth helping to prevent dental disease.

If you want to know more about brushing your pet’s teeth. We have a blog post covering that topic in more detail.

Cleaning Bowls

We wash all of our dishes in between meals to ensure that they are fresh and clean for our next meal. When your pet eats their food, their saliva gets all over their food and water bowls. It is important to wash their bowls frequently, ideally every other day or so, to eliminate any bacteria that might be growing inside.

Wash Their Other Belongings

Just as you should wash your pet’s food and water bowls, it is important to wash their other belongs as well. Their bed, their collar, and especially their toys all get dirty and can house germs. 

Their collars and soft toys can most likely be tossed in the washing machine with a load of clothes. Rubber and hard toys are best to be hand washed in the sink. 

Beds are a bit trickier. Depending on the type of bed, you might be able to stick it in the washing machine. If not, check around online and see how it is recommended that you clean it. If the bed can’t be cleaned, it is recommended that you consider changing to one that can be washed.

An important note, if your pet’s toys or bed have gotten ripped up or are falling apart, it is for the best that you dispose of them and replace them with new ones. Once a toy or bed is ripped up, it becomes increasingly difficult to wash and make sure it is fully clean.

Clean Up After Your Pet

Eliminations are a natural thing that all living things create. Your pet is no exception. 

It is important that you are scooping up your yard and any litter boxes frequently. Ideally, they should be scooped on a daily basis. Animal feces are a breeding ground for many different germs. They could also host intestinal parasites, meaning that if your pet has a parasite, they could stick around in the feces and keep coming back and infecting your pet.

What if my dog does get sick?

If you suspect your dog is sick, you should contact your veterinarian to discuss what steps you should take to help them get better.

AKC Pet Insurance has an article that talks about some signs that your dog might be getting sick.

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