In 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that there were approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. It’s safe to say that we’re a nation of pet lovers. In fact, 63.2% of all pet owners consider their pets to be family members1.
So it’s no wonder we care so much about the health of our pets. However, one thing we often overlook is cleaning our pets’ products, such as their beds, toys and food bowls. This can lead to a build-up of potentially harmful microbes, which can have a negative effect on the health of your pet, the condition of their products and the environment in your home.
To help you keep your pet, their products and your home in a hygienic state, this week’s blog will look at how antimicrobial technology can help.
How microbes affect our pet products
Pet products are frequently exposed to microbes that come from your pet, the dirt they bring in from outside and the food they eat. Given the right conditions, these microbes can double their numbers in just 20 minutes, so it’s not difficult to imagine how contaminated the products can become.
The microbes cause stains and odors to develop and can also cause the products to deteriorate more quickly. In addition, they even have the potential to harm your pet’s health. Yet many pet owners fail to wash their pet products regularly or thoroughly enough to remove these microbes.
The benefits of using antimicrobial-protected pet products
To help inhibit the growth of harmful microbes, many pet products are now being manufactured with antimicrobial technology built into them. This technology helps keep your pet products cleaner and fresher for longer, and it also helps ensure your pet isn’t ingesting high levels of potentially harmful microbes. As it does not wash off or wear away, the technology continuously fights against stain and odor-causing microbes.
Examples of antimicrobial-protected pet products
To illustrate the benefits of antimicrobial-protected products, we’ll look at a few examples of how they can help you protect and care for your pet.
Petmate’s Aspen Pet Antimicrobial Gusseted Pillow Bed
The Petmate Aspen Pet Antimicrobial Gusseted Pillow Bed is super soft so it gives your pet a warm, comfortable place to curl up. It has a removable cover which is machine washable, and its chenille stripe fabric blends well with any décor.
The Petmate bed also benefits from Microban antimicrobial protection, which inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing microbes. This will help to keep your pet’s bed cleaner between washes and as a result will make your home smell fresher, too.
Petmate Feeders And Water Dispensers
Petmate Replendish Feeders provide a continuous flow of food, so they’re ideal if you need to be away from home for a short time or if you just want to cut down on the amount of time you spend refilling your pet’s bowls.
The base of the dish is manufactured with Microban antimicrobial technology built in. This inhibits the growth of potentially harmful microbes to keep the dish itself cleaner and fresher for longer. It also helps prevent your pet from ingesting high levels of nasty microbes while they eat.
The Petmate Navigator Kennel has a unique ‘Slide N Snap’ assembly, which means you can easily put it together in seconds. It has excellent ventilation and a helpful ‘Grow With Me’ divider so you can adjust the size to suit your pet.
In addition, the base of the kennel has been manufactured with Microban antimicrobial technology built in. This protective technology inhibits the growth of potentially harmful microbes to provide your pet with a cleaner, fresher environment in which to travel.
So next time you’re buying a new product for your pet, consider the benefits of using products which have antimicrobial technology built in. They can help you create a cleaner, fresher and healthier environment for you, your pet and your home.
1 – U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook (2012) [Source]