By Karen A. Soukiasian
Accidents happen! We all know that feeling, so do our pets!
Even the most well trained dog or cat may have a bladder infection or serious case of diarrhea, and can’t make it to the litter box or door on time.
Puppy owners can appreciate that when even a well trained puppy, sometimes gets so excited or busy, they forget to take care of business.
Sometimes it’s intentional! We have those special pampered poochies that truly believe relieving themselves outside, is for animals; which of course, exclude them. They tend to have favorite spots, literally and figuratively, which they’ve deemed as their private in-door privy.
Why does it happen?
There are several reasons why pets urinate or defecate in the house; even though they know they shouldn’t.
* Stress. Pets that are stressed out, possibly because they are new to the home, there may be a new family member or pet, sometimes regress.
* Health issues. Medical problems, such as urinary tract infection (UTI) and bladder infection can trigger uncontrollable urinating. Some cats are known to urinate in inappropriate places, as a way of letting their person know they are having a problem.
* Old odors. If you just moved, they could be getting bombarded by the odors left behind by a previous four-legged resident, and may lapse back to “marking” their new territory. New furniture, bedding and carpeting is often a huge bulls-eye for staking their claim.
* Too excited. The piddling problem happens most often with excited puppies and submissive and/or overly excited dogs.
* Dietary or medicine changes. Diarrhea can be caused by something as innocent as a change in diet. It also can be a reaction or side effect to medications such as diuretics or steroids. Older pets also may lose control over their sphincter muscles.
* Lack of routine. All dogs need routines. They thrive on them. Lack of scheduled feeding and relieving times can make it hard for a dog, especially a young one, to get house trained. That’s your fault, not theirs.
Adhere to schedules as much as possible. If you can’t get home on time, make arrangements for someone to feed and walk your puppy or dog at their scheduled time.
Other than for overnight sleeping, do not confine your puppy or dog to a crate for more than an hour or two.
* Temptation. There are those canines and felines that find it irresistible not to mark dirty laundry left on the floor, or even worse, on the bed. The laundry problem usually happens when you come home with the scent of another animal on your clothes.
* Need for attention. Some actually believe it’s an imaginative way of getting your attention when your dog feels neglected. To their curious way of thinking, negative attention is better than no attention.
The best way to avoid the soiling in the house problem is to know your pet. Watch for signs of stress, inappropriate behavioral changes and medical issues. Manage them accordingly. Put your puppy and dog on a regular schedule of feeding and relieving times.
If your pet is having a soiling problem, restrict their access to a location that is easy to clean. Do not give them the run-of-the-house, until they earn that privilege.
Clean up the mess
There are countless commercial products on shelves and online for the removal of pet
odors. Some are great, some not so great. Most are expensive.
Here is a home remedy many have found to work effectively and it costs only pennies per use. You may find keeping a spray container on-hand for emergencies or just to freshen up an area isn’t such a bad idea.
Combine the following in a spray or empty liquid detergent bottle:
1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%)
1/3 c rubbing alcohol
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. of liquid dish soap
With paper towel, absorb as much of the urine as possible. A twisting motion helps to wick up more.
Shake the bottle and spray the solution onto the spot. It will fizz and foam, which means you got the right spot.
On laundry, spray or squirt the entire soiled area. Allow 10-15 minutes, then launder as usual.
On wood floors or tiles, give the solution enough time to stop fizzing, and then wipe it up. Spray and wipe again.
For carpeting, bedding or furniture, allow 24 hours to dry, then vacuum.
Bottom line: Keep a bottle of the solution ready to use and you’ll save yourself time and stress when you need it.
If you want to make sure you are getting all the soiled areas in your home, or how good a job you’ve done, invest in a small, black light. You can pick one up at most novelty stores, paraphernalia shops and pet stores. They are also available online. Any spots you missed will glow.
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