10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents
Posted: Mar 14 2018
10 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR PET PARENTS
Finally, spring is just around the corner! With the days getting longer and the temperature getting warmer, many of us pet parents are spending more time outdoors with our furry friends. It is also now the perfect time to get a fresh start with some serious housecleaning. We know that cleaning is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. That is why we’ve rounded up ten quick and easy tips for adding pet care to your cleaning checklist.
1. Launder Beds and Bedding
Your pet probably spends most of his time indoors. Spruce things up by refreshing his favorite places, including his bed, kennel or favorite napping spot. First, vacuum their sleeping area to remove hair and dirt. Next, if they sleep in a crate, take it outside, clean it with warm soapy water, rinse it, and dry it thoroughly. If you have a cat, thoroughly clean their litterbox the same way. Then use a mild laundry detergent—no dyes or fragrance—to wash covers and bedding. Add a cup of baking soda to help neutralize odor. Toss out and replace any worn items. Don’t forget to clean their carriers too! The American Cleaning Institute recommends cleaning crates, beds, and bedding once a week to ensure a healthy and clean living environment.
2. Wash Dishes
Dr. René Carlson, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s immediate past president, advises cleaning dishes weekly, using regular dishwashing soap and hot water. If your pet’s dishes are dishwasher safe, washing them once a week in the dishwasher helps to more thoroughly clean and disinfect dishes as well.
3. Check Collars, Leashes, and Tags
How long has your cat or dog been wearing that collar? Does it still fit properly? Does your cat or dog occasionally scratch their collar or tags? Can you still read the phone number clearly on the tag? Does the leash have frayed sections? Check for these problems regularly and replace any unusable items. If the collar and leash still work perfectly but are a bit dirty, you can easily clean them by putting a couple of squirts of pet shampoo (which will help prevent skin irritation) in a bowl, filling the bowl with hot water, and soaking the collar or leash for about 15 minutes. Avoid using a brush, which could damage the material. Rinse under running water and hang to dry.
4. Pack Away Winter Gear
Before packing away your pet’s winter clothes, don’t forget to wash them. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to clean them. To store them, put them in clean storage containers in a dry area. Avoid using moth balls because of the residual odors.
5. Sort Through Toys
Gather your pet’s plush toys and toss them in the washer. Always use an all-natural, unscented detergent, not bleach or Borax; line-dry or dry on low without a scented dryer sheet, and check for loose parts. Hand wash any plastic or rubber toys in warm soapy water or put them in the dishwasher if they are dishwasher safe. Sell or donate the toys that your pet is no longer interested in.
6. Restock First Aid Kit and Medications
If you pet takes medications or supplements, go through everything and toss out expired products. Replace any missing or expired items in their first aid kit in case of an emergency.
7. Organize Their Files
Spring is the perfect time to go through all of your pet’s paperwork and get them organized. Check if their vaccines are expired. Make sure your pet has identification and update their tags and microchip information.
8. Tackle the Yard
Now that the snow and ice have melted, thoroughly check your yard for potential dangers to your pets such as dead critters. Clear out old trash and debris that were buried under the snow in the past winter.
9. Prepare for Tick and Flea Season
Spring is the time to start preparing for tick and flea season. Speak to your veterinarian to see what the best options are for your pets. Make sure you have an adequate supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative on hand.
10. Get Caught Up on Grooming
A lot of pets are badly in need of grooming when spring rolls around. Give your pet a nice bath, trim their nails/claws carefully, and brush their coat thoroughly. Not only does brushing help keep warm weather shedding to a minimum, but it’s also a great bonding experience. It is recommended that you should brush your pet every couple of days no matter the length of his or her coat to keep it shiny and healthy.
Finally, don’t forget to enjoy this beautiful spring with your four-legged friends!