Useful Ways to Use Disposable Gloves for Your Pet
We love our pets, they are part of the family and bring joy to our lives. Those wet and sometimes sandpaper kisses are what we look forward to after a long day of work, don't you agree? Unfortunately, our pets can also bring dirt, bacteria and other foreign parasites into our homes. Just like our human loved ones, we have to keep our pets clean and prevent waste from getting into the wrong places. Use disposable gloves to keep yourself protected while taking care of your pet. Vinyl disposable gloves work for almost all the situations mentioned below. For more heavy duty cleaning we recommend using nitrile or latex gloves depending on your skin sensitivity.
Disposable Gloves for Dogs
- When you take your dog out for walks – For added protection use general purpose vinyl gloves along with your waste bag. Sometimes the bags that you use for waste may be thin or flimsy, causing nails to breakthrough. Prevent any fecal matter from getting on your hands by using a disposable glove. Did you know that dog’s poop may contain E Coli, Salmonella, Giardia and roundworm? Be sure to prevent any bacteria from getting on your skin, your home and in contact with your loved ones.
- When handling wet pet food – If you have a dog or cat that eats wet food you know that there have been times when the food splatters when you open the can. Use vinyl gloves to prevent smelling like cat/dog food after feeding time.
- When administering medication- Depending on the medication and the form of medication your animal uses, you may have to open your dog or cat's mouth. Use a glove to prevent your dog's saliva from getting on your fingers. No one likes sticky fingers.
- Obtaining stool samples- Your dog’s health can be at risk when exposed to intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Your vet may require a stool sample to test to see if your dog has been exposed to these parasites. Use the sample container provided by your vet and a glove to keep your hands free of feces when picking up the stool.
- When grooming at home- If you are allergic to certain ingredients found in shampoos including dog shampoos then use a glove during the bathing of your dog.
- After an accident at home – Many pet owners have seen or smelled when an accident has occurred within seconds of it happening. If your pet is older and managing incontinence then you know how often accidents can happen. You end up cleaning feces or urine from the floor, bedding or other furniture. Using a tissue paper isn’t going to give you the most protection when you have to scrub, blot, wipe or pick up those messy accidents. Use a disposable glove for cleaning and picking up these accidents so your hands are never exposed.
- Extracting anal glands- If your vet has authorized you to extract anal glands of your dog you’ll want to wear gloves. Please refer to your vet for proper technique and instructions of extracting anal glands.
- Cleaning the litter box
- Disposing of cat droppings from litter box to the garbage
- Cleaning up hairballs and hairball stains-Usually vinegar is used to clean this type of accident, so keep your hands smelling free of vinegar with disposable gloves.
- Cleaning seeds or droppings from areas of the cage, perches or toys located inside.
- Use general purpose nitrile or latex gloves for cleaning and disinfecting your snake's or other reptile's cage. Feces in these animals may contain salmonella so be sure to wear the appropriate gloves during weekly cleanings.
- If you have hares, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters or any other small animals you can use gloves while replacing their food bowls, bedding and removing waste.
- Some rodents need newspapers below their bedding. Gloves can help protect hands allergic to inks or dyes on these papers.
Your pets are part of the family, so make sure you keep them clean and healthy at all times. Disposable gloves of all materials can protect your home, your pet and can keep yourself clean. There's no doubt we love our pets, but don't put yourself or your loved ones at risk of parasites or bacteria that they might be bringing in.