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How to Keep your Pets Safe & Secure in their Home when you are Away

Guest Blogger: Many of our customers have pets so we thought we would ask an expert for some tips for keeping pets safe when you are not at home. Dan Lipschultz is the Top Dog and President of Out-U-Go! Pet Care in Denver & Boulder. Out-U-Go! has 8 locations in 3 states and has provided more than 1,000,000 dog walking and cat sitting visits over 16 years. 

These are great tips, thanks Dan!

Heading out for work in the morning?  Getting ready to leave town?  That would all be simple enough if your pup or kitty didn’t have his or her own plans for what to do the moment you walk out the door.  As any pet lover knows, often times these plans include, but are not limited to, making a gigantic mess of your house.

Out-U-Go! has been providing dog walking and pet sitting since 1996.  As such, we have walked in on plenty of messes that took place after our pet parents stepped out.  As fun as it is to discover an easily preventable mess, clean it all up and then call the pet parent to break the news, following these simple Do’s and Do Not’s can help keep your pets safe, secure and out of mischief while you’re away.

–        DO NOT leave your pantry door open.  If you do, your pet might decide to eat all your food, or at least open a big bag of chips and spread them all over your floor.

–        DO keep your toilet seat down, unless you want your pup to drink all the water.

–        DO NOT leave your trash can out and open.  Pups love trash cans about as much as they like pantries.

–        DO put away dishrags, strings, small rawhide chews or other choking hazards when you aren’t there to supervise your pets.

–        DO NOT leave windows open if your cat can reach them.  Your kitty might decide to go for a mid day stroll right through the screen.

–        DO give your pets lots of love, scratches, treats and belly rubs before walking out the door!

–        DO NOT leave home for too long at a time without having an awesome, local dog walker or pet sitter from Out-U-Go! stop by to check in on your favorite furballs. 

About the Author:  Dan Lipschultz is the Top Dog and President of Out-U-Go! Pet Care in Denver & Boulder. Out-U-Go! has 8 locations in 3 states and has provided more than 1,000,000 dog walking and cat sitting visits over 16 years.  More information about Out-U-Go! services and franchise opportunities can be found at Please let them know you were referred by Clean Conscience.

Safe Ice Melt: Fact or Fiction?

It’s that time of year and Martyn Church of Eco Snow Removal has graciously offered to be a guest blogger and provide insight into whether or not ice melt can be used safely around our children, pets and landscaping.

The snow season is upon us and we’re looking for a safe product to melt the ice on our North facing sidewalks and driveways.  We don’t want to harm our children and pets, nor kill our plants, and as we walk down the aisles of the store, we’re bombarded with tons of seemingly good choices.   The beautiful packaging on these ice melt products show children sledding and dogs prancing.  They’re labeled with phrases such as “Salt Free,”  “Pet Friendly,” and “Safe for the Environment.”  Can we trust them?

I cannot speak for every product out there, but what I can say is that at this moment in time, unlike the food industry, the ice melt industry has no FDA-like regulations regarding honesty in statements on packaging. Translation…We cannot trust the pictures and words on the labels!

A few examples that I have seen include one package that said:  “No Salt” on the front label, and yet just under the name of the product, it said “MAG CHLORIDE.”  Now I don’t know what their chemistry teacher told them, but according to the science books in our libraries, Mag Chloride is indeed, SALT.  A more accurate label might have been “No Table Salt.”  Some packages say “Pet Safe,” but then we look at the contents on the back (if we’re lucky enough to find them there) and read that they’re exactly the same as the regular brand.

There are products out there that are truly salt-free.  However, they tend to be much less efficient at melting snow and ice.  With these products, the very problem we were trying to avoid may still occur.  In an attempt to make them work better, we’ll end up using twice as much.  This over application can still be harmful to plant life, concrete and pets.

Some advice for everyone…First and foremost, if you don’t need to use ice melt, then don’t!  Let the wonderful sun do its magic!  If on the other hand, you do have some shady areas where only ice melt will do the trick, then buy the ice melt products that are at least labeled with details.  If the package does not clearly display the contents, then put it down and find one that does. Try to buy a blended product with a mixture of salts and corrosion inhibitors.  If it has something called CMA (calcium magnesium acetate), that is good.  See if it has at least 20% CMA.  You might pay a premium for these, but a little goes a long way and you’ll be better off in the long run.

One more thing…If you chose to use ice melt, apply it at the application rate found in the directions. This may not seem like a lot at the time of application, but will most likely be enough to do the job. A big mistake many people make is thinking that the more you put down, the faster it will work.   Don’t do it!!  Not only does this slow the melting process, it will most likely leave ice melt residue behind.  So just apply the recommended amount and let the product do its work.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope it has helped you in keeping your property and your loved ones safe for the winter season.

Let It Snow.

Eco Snow Removal Owner, Martyn Church, is one of only seven Certified Snow Professionals in Colorado. He is considered by SIMA, the National Snow and Ice Management Association, to be an expert in the industry. Martyn recognizes the importance of reliable, top-notch service, and is committed to maintaining the highest level of knowledge and training for himself and his team of “Snow Fighters.”

Eco Snow Removal is committed to providing snow and ice management services with minimal impact on the environment. Fueling their vehicles with recycled vegetable oil and bio-diesel, utilizing polyurethane plow blades and specialized ice melt products, are a few of the many ways in which the company works to maintain environmentally friendly practices.



Stepping Up a “Mile High” for Canine Cancer in Denver’s City Park

Clean Conscience had a great time with over  600 Colorado dog lovers that rallied to fight canine cancer on Sunday, August 21, at the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk at Denver’s beautiful City Park. The walk is part of a national effort to help our best friends live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives. This year, Denver raised nearly $40,000!

Glad we could participate and support the Morris Animal Foundation with this great event.  Please follow the link if  you are interested in learning more or making a donation

Pet Safety and House Cleaning

Most of our clients consider their pet a member of the family. At Clean Conscience, we completely understand and treat pets as if they were our customer too! Our cleaning crew enjoys working in homes with pets; they often have great stories about the cats and dogs they meet at client homes. Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows the challenges faced in keeping your house clean.  As an owner of a yellow lab, I can relate to the mess our furry friends leave behind – dog hair, slobber, chewed up sticks, toys – the list goes on! At Clean Conscience, we not only concern ourselves with these cleaning challenges, but our crew also needs to know how to enter a home with a pet and work around their space.

We are always looking for additional training opportunities for our employees to drive continued learning. Given our pet friendly culture at Clean Conscience, and the large percentage of customers that own a pet, we thought it would be great to offer pet training to our cleaning crews.

As part of its ongoing commitment to keep pets and people safe, Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, offered their world renown Dog Safety Program™ to the Clean Conscience team. Bark Busters’ dog behavioral therapist, provided our cleaning crews with dog safety and bite prevention tips while helping them understand how to communicate more effectively with dogs by using voice control and body language.  This training helps employees who encounter dogs as part of their daily work routines to:

  • Understand how to safely enter an area where dogs are present
  • Recognize the signs of aggression in dogs
  • Recognize and apply canine communication techniques
  • Learn techniques to avoid dog attacks

Thanks Bark Busters, we appreciate it and our clients furry friends appreciate it!