Pets add so much joy to our lives, and dogs and cats in particular have been shown to offer a number of health- and mood-boosting benefits to us. For many people, having a dog or cat to welcome them  home after a long day at work is an emotional boost that you can only get from uncomplicated, unconditional love.

Studies show that there are many mental health benefits from pet ownership, and that just stroking a dog or cat can reduce stress and anxiety. They also benefit physical health as they are often an encouragement to exercise, and it has been shown that people with pets have lower blood pressure and lower incidences of heart disease.

But pet ownership is not all roses, especially if you suffer from allergies. Cats and dogs leave hair on carpets, couches and beds, and this can wreak havoc with allergies.

Enter the BLACK + DECKER 4-in-1 Cordless POWERSERIES™ Extreme Pet Vacuum Cleaner. Designed with pet owners in mind, the Extreme Pet Vacuum Cleaner has a patterned anti-tangle beater bar in the vacuum head that is designed to minimise hair wrap and maximise suction power. With less than 5% hair wrap and with up to 70% more pick up on carpet, it will get your home free of hair in no time at all. There’s also a pet-brush fitting as well as a crevice fitting for getting into cracks.

The vacuum features three speed settings to maximise run-time on a single charge: use the two lower settings on every-day cleaning and cleaning wooden or tiled floors, and use the high-speed setting for cleaning long-pile or extra dirty carpets and furniture. A 650ml transparent dust bowl shows you when it needs emptying, and allows you to quickly and easily empty the collected dirt into the dustbin without dirtying your hands. The filter has a unique ‘pepper grinder’ feature, where you twist the filter to clean it. This keeps the filter cleaner for longer to maintain optimum performance.

The Extreme Pet Vacuum Cleaner functions both as a floor vacuum as well as a handheld vacuum, making it perfect for just about any task in the home or car. The 18V, 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery supplies enough power for 55 minutes of running time, and a battery charge indicator shows how much charge remains so that you never run out of power in the middle of a clean.

Finally, the Cordless POWERSERIES™ Extreme Pet Vacuum Cleaner is both compact and lightweight, making it easy to use but also very easy to store. Taking aup very little space in a cupboard or tucked away in a corner.

The BLACK+DECKER 18V 4-in-1 Cordless POWERSERIES™ Extreme Pet Vacuum Cleaner comes as a complete, ready-to-use system, including an 18V battery and charger. This battery and charger are compatible with the entire 18V range of BLACK+DECKER POWERCOMMAND range of garden and DIY tools. Once you have the Vacuum Cleaner, you can affordably buy other members of the range without having to buy another battery or charger, from drill to chainsaw to Grass Trimmer.

For more information from BLACK + DECKER visit www.blackanddecker.co.za

The Gardener