Spring Cleaning for your Pup
A few warm days has us all excited for spring! We know that with spring comes warmth, growth, and renewal and often times gets us in a mood to hit the refresh button. As you are putting together your checklist for spring cleaning, don’t forget to include your pet! Here are a few things to think about in regard to spring cleaning as a pet owner.
When was the last time you truly washed your dog’s bowl? We should be doing this fairly often, but sometimes time gets the best of us, so make sure this is a first step when you are cleaning for spring.
Bed and Blankets
Making sure their “bedroom set” is clean helps them to feel relaxed and at ease in their own space. With loose hair and dry skin, these items tend to get quite dirty, especially in the spring when mud is coming back, so check if these items are washing machine safe and give your pup’s space a refresher! (This will also help keep your dog smelling clean)
A collar is your pet’s favorite accessory, make sure they have a clean one to show off to the neighborhood! You can clean most collars by soaking it in warm water with a touch of pet shampoo. After about 10-15 minutes, let the collar air-dry for a new and beautiful look. Updating your pets collar to have their name and your phone number printed directly on it, is also a way to keep the clanging of extra tags down to a minimum!
Reevaluate your dog’s favorite toys. Some toys, like stuffed animals, can be machine washed, whereas others like rubber toys, should be washed with soap and water. Throw away toys that are frayed or worn down and if it’s your pet’s favorite toy, take them to the toy store to pick out a new one!
Most importantly, don’t forget to groom your furry friend! During the winter, their fur may have gotten matted, dry, or dirty, so make sure to give them a nice brushing to get rid of all loose fur and help them feel cleaner. Also check their nails to make sure they haven’t grown too long where it may be uncomfortable for them (or you!). Finally, make sure you are checking their teeth as well. Although some dogs don’t mind a doggy toothbrush, some prefer treats such as greenies which also do the trick!
Now your pup is feeling clean and ready to step into spring with some pep in their step!
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