Caring For Your Pets. North Star Clean of Wisconsin.
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but don’t forget the cats… both species are part of the family, after all.
There are several things you can do for your dog or cat (or dogs and cats) to ensure they are healthy, happy and well cared for. You own them, you are responsible and they look to you (ever notice those puppy dog eyes?) for everything they need. Of course, cats often act like they own you, but that’s a topic for another time.
Get the exams
Your pets may be the indoor-only variety, but a regular visit to your veterinarian helps ward off sickness, diseases and other maladies that can afflict your faithful pets. Did you know that your pets need dental work from time to time? They can’t tell you they have a toothache, but if their appetite is diminished or they seem sluggish, a bad tooth could be the cause. Your veterinarian knows how to find out.
If your pets go outdoors — and even if they don’t because critters can be brought in — you must check them for fleas and ticks. Are your pets scratching a lot? It could be they are being bitten. Your veterinarian can recommend a quality neck collar that should help, but there are other treatments as well. Who would want to be continually bitten by a bug? You don’t. Neither does Fido or Fluffy.
Watch the weight
For your pets, that is. People know how to use a scale and how to control their caloric intake. Your pets don’t. Some dogs eat anything put in front of them. Ask your veterinarian how much food each pet should eat. No, they won’t suffer, and they will act like they are starving, but your vet knows best.
For other healthy tips for your pets, consult your vet. Your vet is the real expert.
Spring Cleanup Time. North Star Clean of Wisconsin.
It’s finally here… spring!
Most homeowners use the spring season to clean up the house, going through closets and drawers and even cleaning out the garage.
Most schedule in-home necessary services, such as professional carpet cleaning, so don’t forget that important part of your spring cleaning routine.
What most don’t think about is spring cleaning on the outside of the home. That’s right. Although most spring cleaning chores are performed inside the home, the outside needs some attention as well.
Some outside areas are neglected all winter, obviously, especially for colder climates when everything is covered in ice and snow. Think about the street in front of your home. If you go take a look, you will probably find all kinds of unsightly clutter and debris.
Take a tour of your yard. Although you raked up all those leaves from last fall, it’s amazing how they seem to reappear during the winter. (Yes, you can blame your neighbors for that.) On top of that are twigs and branches that the cold winter tossed into your yard. Most likely, you will find a bit of trash taking up residence in the back of your home, where the wind deposited it all.
Look closely at the exterior of your home, such as the siding or brick. Chances are, mold or mildew has taken residence along with other soils. A good pressure washing could be part of your spring cleaning campaign.
No one wants to wash windows but it’s a necessary task. Don’t do just the inside. Get a stepladder (but keep it safe!) and give those windows a good scrubbing. Your local hardware store no doubt has the professional-type scrubbing tools plus handy squeegees. Don’t want to tackle this task? Hire a window washing pro.
It’s spring! Get out there and shine things up.