covid-19 dog
Debunking myths, do not damage his skin.

Why is the hygiene of our pets important?

The hygiene of our pets is essential to maintain their health. However, with the new reality, living with the covid-19, we must strengthen the cleaning routines after each walk. The paws of our canines are made up of digital and metacarpal pads, which are a kind of shock absorber for their footprints and protect the bones and joints of the paw.

In times of the Covid-19, no measure is insufficient to take care of one’s own health and also that of others. That is why it is so important to take extreme care with hygiene measures for dogs and cats; this is the only way to achieve a coexistence that does not represent any danger for the whole family group. Hygiene measures are also essential to preserve the animals’ good health and give them a better quality of life.

Some experts keep considering that it is not necessary to disinfect our pet after the walk, but just clean its collar or the objects it uses. However if you want to disinfect your pet these are the products that will not damage its skin or integrity.

Below we show you the different ways we can disinfect our best friends’ pads. 

Table of contents

Which products can we use?
Which products can’t we use?
How can we reward our pet?
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Which products can we use?

The most common and safest method is to use water and soap specifically for dogs and wash the paws well when entering the house. The only inconvenience is that we have to dry the wet paws with a towel or with a hairdryer. It would also be advisable, to further increase prevention, to clean the face and tail, with regular animal hygiene products. We can use special wipes for animals. 

Another option is to use natural disinfectants. The most powerful antiseptics we can find are vinegar, lemon and tea tree oil.

Which products can’t we use?

One substance that is making people talk is bleach, which has viricide properties, just like alcohol, so it is being used to disinfect hospitals, homes or even streets. However, we must remember that its use is recommended for the disinfection of surfaces, not people and therefore, not animals. Another product that stands out is alcohol 70:30. It has the disadvantage that it is difficult to apply and can be irritating and toxic if the dog licks itself.

Please do not use bleach, alcohol or any other product that can damage the skin and intoxicate our dogs. The disinfectant gels we use to wash our hands routinely are also not recommended for use on our pets as they can irritate the skin and if ingested can cause poisoning.

It is important to remember that these recommendations for cleaning dogs when they enter the house follow the line of those that apply to oneself, and at no time should they compromise the welfare of the animal.

How can we reward our pet?

We are aware that disinfecting the pads can be a tedious job and can stress our pets. Due to the sacrifice that our pets make by letting them clean their paws every day we recommend that you reward them with a daily massage.  Did that ever occur to you? According to specialists, dogs love to be massaged on their paws, and massage helps to improve blood circulation in their limbs. Would you like to try it with your dog? Rub his pads and then each finger individually.

We will positively stimulate the cleaning action by giving them the best and tastiest treats we have. Besides taking care of our pets’ health we will also strengthen the bonds with our pets and this will result in an increase in their happiness.

Take care of your dog since he can’t take care of himself.


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