8 Tips to Keep your Floors Clean with Pets

Having pets is a fulfilling experience, but can also be a messy one. Here are 8 tips to help keep the floors in your house spotless with fury friends around.

 1 – Groom Regularly

Pets shed. A lot. Keeping on top of their hair is a great preventative method to ensure the floors stay clean. Brush your pet regularly to prevent their hair from accumulating on floors and surfaces.

 2 – Use a pet bed

Your pet probably spends a lot of time lounging around the house. gifting them a pet bed, gives them their own cozy space. Little do they know, it also helps collect their hair in one spot. This can limit the hair being spread all over the house, or ending up in the carpet.

 3 – Vacuum in multiple directions

When you vacuum the floor, don’t only go back and forth, but turn the vacuum 90 degrees and go side to side as well. The variety of directions and angles will help loosen and remove stubborn hair.

 4 – Use a dry squeegee on your carpets


You use them for windows, but have you considered using a squeegee on your carpet? When vacuuming, fur and hair can tangle itself in the carpet, making it very challenging to remove. Using a dry squeegee and running it along the carpet will create static electricity which helps draw the hair out. It will clump as you go. Remove the clumps, and set aside and be amazed at how much your vacuum missed.

 5 – Quick action to prevent stains


Accidents can and do happen. When they do, reacting quickly is imperative to ensure they don’t remain. There are a variety of methods to remove stains. Be sure to try and blot out the moisture and clean it thoroughly. Shaving cream, diluted dish soap and baking soda are some of the helpful ingredients to remove stains.

6 – Use a placemat for their feeding area

Keeping your pets water and food on a placemat, especially one with a small, beveled edge, can help contain spills. By doing so, you can protect the floor from being soiled, and the possibility of food being tracked through the house.

7 – Swiffer tile and wood floors

You probably have a hard floor somewhere in the house. A Swiffer is a great tool to help keep them sparkling. It can help catch hairs to make cleaning easier, and also help clean up paw prints.

8 – Keep paws clean

When your pet returns from an adventure outdoors, be sure to clean their paws. Having a towel near the door helps simplify this process, so it’s easy to grab when needed. Some people also suggest having a small container of water at the door to dip paws into before drying, for an even better result.


Pet Products You and Your Furry Friends Will Love

Pet Products Your Furry Friend Will Love

Every pet owner knows their furry friends bring immeasurable joy, companionship, and love to a household.

Science has proven that our pets also bring us concrete health benefits like lowered blood pressure and better immunity. They get us outside for fresh air and exercise, give us much-needed snuggles after a long day, teach our kids about care and responsibility, prevent loneliness, and even facilitate socializing and meeting new people.

And although our pets rarely ask for much in return, here are a few things you’ll love to bring home for them as thanks for their unconditional love.


Pet Products Your Fuzzy Friends Will Love

Pets love to play! But they can be tough on their toys. Tired of toting a chewed up frisbee to the park? Freshen it up with a Nerf Dog Barbell Chew. It’s great for fetching, tugging, and tossing around.

If more traditional chew toys are more your pet’s style, try this bacon-scented Hartz Tough Bone Dog Toy. It cleans  teeth while your pet chews to their heart’s content.

And for those days when it’s too cold or too wet to frolic in the park, this fun gator-shaped sqeaker mat will have you and your pet squealing with delight.


Pet Products Your Fuzzy Friends Will Love
Every pet deserves delicious food and treats. Give your cat the freshest food from Whiskas. These perfect portions reduce waste and ensure their meal is always fresh and tasty.

Teaching your dog new tricks? Reward their efforts with some chewy Zoe treats. With flavours like peanut butter and banana, bacon, and chicken parmesan, you’ll have them shaking a paw in no time.

Is all that exercise causing achy joints? SierraSil Chews Leaps and Bounds will help ease your dog’s joint aches and pains.

We’re thankful to our pets for bringing all the furry feels into our lives. But for those times your pet needs medical attention despite your tender loving care, London Drugs’ pet insurance has got you and your furry friend covered.

Check out more great pet care products at LondonDrugs.com.

Bringing in the Christmas Cheer with Your Best Friend: 5 Tips for Great Christmas Dog Photos

It’s that special time of the year again, a chance to get together with our friends and families and celebrate the festive season. But for pet owners, family does not just include those with two legs. Your four-legged bundles of joy are just as much a part of the family, and deserve a spot next to you in Christmas photos. Here are some quick tips to help ensure that your best friend looks just as good as everyone else in your pictures this year!

1. Winners are grinners – Get them active to get their best smiles!

Olympus E-M1 Mark II w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO

A dog’s smile is one of the happiest things in the world! Make sure you can get those smiles by taking your pup out for a quick run before you start taking pictures. Five to 10 minutes of play or a brisk walk should suffice, but don’t overdo it, otherwise as soon as you start taking photos, they will want to lie down and rest. (It still might look cute though!)

Olympus PEN-F w/ M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8

2. Get down to their level to get their best angle

Olympus E-M10 Mark III w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

While it may be much simpler to take a photo of your puppy from eye height – this angle is not overly flattering for your pup. Getting down to their level will make them look less diminutive, and help to fill up your frame. The smaller the pup, the lower you are going to need to get. Mirrorless cameras from London Drugs such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III with tilting touchscreens, or cameras with articulating screens will help you get your camera lower while putting less strain on your back.

Olympus E-M10 Mark III w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

3. Portrait lenses will make your pup look stunning

Olympus E-M10 Mark III w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

By changing your lens, you can really make your pup pop in your images. Portrait lenses help to isolate your subject. This means that while your subject will be in focus, everything around them will be blurred and will not distract from the focus of the image – even if there are other things in the image such as people. Just remember to always try to focus on the eyes or the nose!

Olympus’ 45mm f1.8 portrait lens is a great value choice that combines razor sharp optics and pleasing blur to make your subject stand out in the image. For DSLRs, a portrait lens between 50mm to 85mm would also be ideal. London Drugs has a wide range of portrait lenses to ensure that all your family members look stunning this festive season!

Olympus E-M1 Mark III w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

4. Shoot at the right time of the day for photographing people and pets

Olympus PEN-F w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO

Like everything in life, some moments are better than others for maximizing your photo opportunities. Same thing goes for taking photos of your pets! If the weather is fine, there are two times of the day ideal for taking great pet photos: two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset. At these times of the day, the light is more pleasant and there are less harsh shadows. The bonus is that the closer you are to sunrise and sunset, the more golden the light, which can give a feeling of warmth and happiness!

Olympus PEN-F w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO

5. Keep their attention – Treats are the key!

Olympus PEN-F w/ M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8

We all love good food at this time of year; so does your pup, and they will be extra keen to let you know, so use that to your advantage! Hold a treat in your hand just above the lens when you are about to take a photo. This way, your dog is paying attention to the food and ensures that they are looking near the camera. Just don’t forget to pick up some treats in the pet food section next time you’re at London Drugs before Christmas.

Olympus E-M1 Mark iI w/ M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

Whether you are thinking about buying a new camera, or a new lens, your London Drugs photo specialist will be able to show you exactly what you need for the best Christmas pictures of your pup. Also, don’t forget that you can print those photos and gift them! To get started on your own personalized gifts, just visit our London Drugs Photolab online, in-store or simply download our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android.

Merry Christmas!

LD Picks: Pets & Pet Care

A bunch of really cute pets pics for your consideration. And, also, great tips for how to take better care of your pet (or justify a codependent relationship).

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Your Cat Probably (Maybe) Wants to Kill You

SO CUTE We all know cats as adorable, silly creatures that love to play with string and lap up bowls of warm milk. But, according to a new study from the University of Edinburgh, there’s a cold-blooded predator lurking beneath the cute exterior of many domestic felines.


BUT TERRIFYING? The study examined five personality traits found in humans (openness to experience, conscientiousness, introversion/extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), and used them rate the personalities of various domestic and wild cats.

What they found is worrying. Along with the African lion, over 100 domestic cat breeds demonstrated the very traits—neuroticism, impulsiveness, and dominance—that cause the violent predatory behaviour of the King of the Jungle.


AND SMALL (WHEW!) In other words, when you see your kitty—in turns neurotic, impulsive, dominant—sizing you up, you should be glad it isn’t bigger.


“Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be full grown…”

[More at Newser]

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