Pet Anxiety and Urination

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Pet urine can cause major disruptions in the home. Pet urine odours can linger throughout the home and create concern for the bacteria trapped in the fibers of any carpets and upholstery. While this may be an inconvenience for most humans, it is much more traumatic for pets. Cats and dogs often urinate indoors when they are anxious or under stress.

 

Cats can be easily stressed and urinating is often a coping mechanism and a way of communicating that something is wrong. Rather than focusing on punishment, focus on the problem your cat may be trying to communicate with you, which could vary anywhere from fear, anger and uneasiness. Some of the reasons may include separation anxiety, traveling, moving to a new house, and major home renovations.

 

Research has shown that the most common long-term stressor for cats is unfriendly relationships with other cats in the home. While the introduction of a new pet may cause short-term stress during adjustment periods, an ongoing troubling relationship with another pet will lead to an unhealthy level of stress. Cats and dogs are also both tuned into their owners’ feelings, so if you are experiencing stress that is affecting your daily routine, it can also stress out your pet.

 

When healthy, house-trained dogs begin to urinate indoors, they may be feeling higher levels of anxiety due to feeling a loss of control. Reasons why a dog may have an accident indoors include: changes in their daily routine, moving to a new house, leaving the dog alone for longer periods than it is used to, and marking its territory when another dog enters its property.

 

Extra pampering, keeping litter boxes clean, and providing their own space can only do so much to help. It may be easier to identify the cause of their problems by asking:

 

  1. When did this unusual behaviour begin?
  2. Were there any changes in their routine such as with feeding times, moving to a new home, or a new addition in the family?
  3. Are there any behaviours accompanying the unusual urination patterns?

 

With both cats and dogs, it is important to take them to the vet to discuss the best treatment option.

 

As you stress over your pet leaving little accidents for you around the house, it is important to note that odours from previous accident areas can attract your pet to repeat their behavior in that spot. As pet urine dries in carpets, it leaves behind millions of concentrated urine crystals which make their way deep into the fibers of your carpets and can end up being absorbed in the padding underneath. As the urine dries, the smell becomes more pungent. Steam cleaning and shampooing are unable to remove the crystals and instead spread the urine around because they are a wet method of cleaning.

 

ChemDry, a drier method, uses its patented Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®) to destroy the urine crystals at the molecular level. Using its Hot Carbonating Extraction method (HCE), ChemDry destroys the urine crystals and removes it entirely from deep within the carpets or upholstery. P.U.R.T. is tested and proven to show excellent results by removing 99.2% of bacteria and 99.9% of odours from pet urine.

Ways to improve the air quality in your home

Friday, August 4th, 2017

During the summer, many of us leave our doors and windows closed to keep the cool, air-conditioned air inside. While this may save energy costs, it also circulates old and stale air throughout your home, which can cause many respiratory problems. Given how much time most people spend indoors, it is important to reduce the amount of air pollutants in your home so you can start breathing clean.

Common reactions to poor indoor air quality include: frequent sneezing or coughing, feeling congested, waking up with a headache, and suffering from irritated nose, eyes, and throat. With prolonged exposure to these irritants, some develop long-term conditions such as asthma or other respiratory infections.

Some of the biggest culprits that diminish the air quality in most homes include:

  1. Smoke that is carried indoors on clothing
  2. Things that burn such as candles, synthetic fragrance oils, and wood
  3. New furniture and carpets
  4. Building materials after major home renovations
  5. Household cleaning products, including air fresheners
  6. Personal products such as hairsprays, spray tan lotions, and fingernail polish
  7. Home furnaces (it is recommended you change your filter every 3-6 months)
  8. House paints

Here are 5 ways you can improve the air quality in your home.

  1. Open your windows

Leaving your windows open for even an hour is one of the best ways to reduce the concentrations of air pollutants in your home. Keeping your windows closed can cause condensation issues as well, which can lead to mould growth. It also causes the toxins and allergens already present in the home to continue growing.  Some of these irritants trapped in the home include mould spores, dust, smoke, bacteria, radon, and not to mention odours.

Radon is a radioactive gas naturally found in the environment. Almost all homes have some levels of radon present but how much can vary from house to house. Radon is produced when uranium in the soil, bedrock, or water begins to decay. Being a gas, it can seep into homes through cracks in the foundation or gaps around pipes. Levels are higher in basements and crawlspaces because they are closer to the source and often poorly ventilated. Opening your windows can greatly reduce the levels of radon in your home.

Just as important, many believe the heating or cooling systems in their homes bring in air from outside. However, most forced air-heating and air-conditioning systems do not bring in cleaner outdoor air into the house mechanically, so it is important to open your windows to let in fresh air and eliminate air pollutants trapped in your home. Newer homes may have the HVAC heating and cooling systems installed, which includes a mechanical feature that brings outdoor air into the house.

Opening your windows during winter or summer months will be a bit energy draining, but the health benefits that come from fresh air far outweigh the energy costs.

  1. Take advantage of the vents in your home

Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans remove air pollutants directly from where they are positioned. After cooking meals, consider using the kitchen fan to eliminate fumes from gas stoves. Alternatively, you may open your windows and leave your exhausts on to bring in fresher air and to get rid of contaminants and odours simultaneously.

  1. Add more houseplants

For those that enjoy a little nature inside their homes, adding houseplants can produce clean oxygen and eliminate toxins in the air. Be careful not to over-water the plants as the excessively damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which could affect people with respiratory sensitivities. If you have pets in your home, ensure the plants are not harmful to them.

  1. Vacuum more often

Vacuuming at least twice a week (or more in homes with pets) can get rid of pet dander and other loose soils from the carpet. Vacuum too fast and you risk not picking up all the dirt trapped in your carpet, so vacuum at a slower speed for a more thorough cleaning.

  1. Get your carpets cleaned professionally

Carpets are like a filter in the home. All kinds of bacteria, allergens and dust get trapped deep in the fibers of the carpet. Sometimes vacuuming alone is not enough for a detailed deep clean. Professional carpet cleaning can greatly improve the air quality in your home with the added bonus of prolonging the life of your carpets.

ChemDry Ottawa offers a revolutionary cleaning through its Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process, which is drier, faster, and healthier. An independent air quality laboratory tested this process in multiple homes and found that ChemDry removes an average of 98.1% of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery. The main cleaning solution, The Natural®, is Green-certified and safe to use around children, pets, and those suffering from asthma. It uses only 15-20% moisture so it is better for the environment and takes less time to dry, greatly reducing the risk for mold and mildew growth.

How To Avoid 4 Carpet Cleaning Rip-Offs

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

HOW TO AVOID 4 CARPET CLEANING RIP-OFFS

RIP-OFF #1: UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICE.

To some degree, all of us are attracted by low price because we want to work within a budget.  But some carpet cleaners use price as the bait for their false and misleading advertising.  They offer a cheap price–ususally between $4.95 and $9.95 per room, and then, once they’re in your home, they pressure you into buying “extras.”  It’s as if you were buying a car and found that the dealer was charging you extra for the tires and steering wheel.  Carpet cleaning is not as cheap as some unethical companies would like you to believe.

RIP-OFF #2: BAIT AND SWITCH.

Dual process carpet cleaning describes the process of applying a detergent or heavy preconditioning, followed with hot water extraction or rinsing.  Unfortunately, unethical carpet cleaners often use dual process as a bait-and-switch technique.  Here’s how it’s done:  First they “bait” you with a basic cleaning  (single process) at an unbelievably low price.  Then, when they arrive, they try to “switch” you to more expensive dual-process cleaning.  If you don’t fall for their switch and choose their basic service, you’ll likely receive poor workmanship using little more  than plain water and they will not guarantee their work.

RIP- OFF #3: UNSUPPORTED CLAIMS.  “THIS CLEANING METHOD IS THE BEST.”

You’ll read this in almost every ad.  You’ll hear this from virtually every carpet cleaner.  Remember this:  the method that’s best for you is the method that achieves your goal.  If you want a method that dries quickly, then a method that takes a long time to dry isn’t the best for you.  So before you choose a carpet cleaner, identify your objectives.  Then select the method that best reaches those objectives.  Making sure the company stands behind their work with a 100% money-back guarantee lets you know they’re serious about doing the job right.

RIP-OFF #4: OUTDATED BELIEFS “CLEANED CARPETS TAKE DAYS TO DRY.”

Years ago many people believed you had to soak your carpets with lots of soaps and water to get them clean.  But today we know this is false.  Over wetting and sticky soaps can cause mold and bacteria problems as well as damage the carpet and floor beneath.  Obviously each carpet cleaner will be biased towards his own method, and each method does have advantages.  I suggest a good place to start is by making sure the company you choose is a CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute) accredited firm with trained, certified technicians who know how to properly clean all types of carpets and perform advanced spotting.