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In the wise words of the 19th-century poet, Anatole France, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” With this food for thought, we at One Agency Gamarra & Co believe, that it isn’t walls that make a home, but in fact, those who live in it. Just like humans, animals too deserve to live in a home that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved.

Pet expert and author Julia Szabo confirms that an animal-friendly house is more comfortable for humans too! So if you’ve been toying with the idea of adopting a pet, here’s your motivation! Head straight to the nearest pet rescue centre, (if you live in Canberra, you’ll find more than one in the vicinity – Check out RSPCA ), and give a dog a home; or get a cat, bird or any pet you want!

Whether you already own a furry friend or are about to adopt a pet, you must ensure that you bring in your fur babies in a cozy and comfortable environment. After all, your pet needs a home too. Luckily, we have just the right piece of advice that you need to keep your house clean and your pet happy and healthy.

Maintain a clean house. This is a rule of thumb when living with a pet. Whether you have a dog or a cat, there’s no running away from pet dander. Be sure to vacuum all surfaces as often as possible (invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner,) and keep your house free of dirt, debris, pet hair and dust. A good way of reducing pet dander is by bathing and brushing your pet fairly regularly, as this will minimise shedding and keep the air in your house clean and fresh. Also, get regular maintenance services for your home’s HVAC system to change up your filter as needed.

Pet-proof your house carefully. Although it’s very important that pets have their own personal space,  you cannot expect your fur babies to always stick to just one corner in the house. They will explore every nook and corner, and then lay flat wherever they fancy – right in the middle of the living room or on your bathroom mat. But your house might pose some dangers to their well being if you’re not careful enough. Wires, electrical cords, candles, OTC medicines, even cosmetics can pose to be hazardous if your pet ingests them unknowingly. Ensure to stow away all such things in the topmost shelves and cabinets, and wrap all electrical cords with safe material and get them off the floor. Keep the main entrance door and bathroom doors tightly shut and your garbage bins covered and well-hidden.

When you are a pet owner, you need to be prepared for the occasional odd accident. Puppies poop a lot and cats barf like there’s no tomorrow; learn to deal with it and have patience. Take your pets to a veterinarian regularly and also keep an emergency number handy. Even if you have a hunch that your pet is not feeling great, you must get them checked to be sure they are okay.

New pets can have a hard time adjusting in a new house, it helps if you build a special nook for them, complete with a comfy bed, food bowls, lots of fresh clean water and some toys or chewables.

Last but not least, open the windows and let fresh air in the house as often as you can. Pet odours can make the house smell musty and it may even get absorbed in your rugs, mattresses or furniture upholstery. So letting your house air out is a must. Just be sure to carefully watch your dog/cat when the windows are open.

We hope these top tips will help you ensure your pet feels comfortable and at home. If you have any other handy dandy tips, feel free to share them with us!