We all know how much we love our pets; they’re really members of our families. The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry dealing in everything from food to clothes to doggy daycare. Which makes us ask, how are we incorporating our pet’s needs into our decorating to provide them with the healthiest and safest homes. There are a few tips and ideas to give your pet a healthy and pretty home that is stylish and safe for all members of the family.
The air we breathe is the first place to start. Paint and other finishes give off gas chemicals that can affect not only human health but our pet’s health too. Choosing a low or non-VOC paint for walls, baseboards, molding and furniture is a great place to start. Be aware of painted surfaces if your dog or cat scratches or gnaws on furniture.
Flooring is another important consideration for animals. Some pets are allergic to different flooring options or polyurethanes used in wood floors. Make sure you get your pet tested for allergies if there are signs of irritation and scratching. Wood floors are a smart option if your pet sheds. Wall to wall carpet in a natural material like wool can work for pets, too. Just make sure you have a good vacuum with a pet hair option for carpet and upholstery.
Cleaning products can also have chemicals that are not the best for our fur friends. Make sure you are creating a clean and safe environment for pets in the choices you make.