Spring Cleaning Tips for People With Pets

Spring is just around the corner! As you start stashing your winter goods away, and pulling your winter things out of storage, don’t forget about your pet! This is a great time to go through your furry pal’s things! A Georgetown, IN vet offers some spring cleaning tips below.

Bedding

Give your pet’s bed a good wash. Use the hottest washer cycle you have, and unscented detergent. If your furry friend’s bed isn’t washable, vacuum it thoroughly instead.

Shedding

Spring is a peak shedding time for pets. Brushing your four-legged pal regularly will help cut down on the amount of fur that gets stuck to your couch, as you’ll be trapping it in the brush before it gets everywhere. If you have a dog, take Fido outside on warm days to brush him, so the fur just blows away.

Fur Buster

To get pet hair off upholstery, use a squeegee, rubber dish gloves, or a damp sponge. We also recommend vacuuming daily, and perhaps getting some slipcovers.

Food/Treats

Go through your furry buddy’s food and treats, and throw away anything that’s expired. If you store your pet’s food or snacks in a specific container, give that a thorough washing as well.

Toys/Clothes

Inspect your pet’s toys and clothing. Toss and replace anything old or torn, and wash everything else. Stuffed animals and tennis balls can go right into the washer. Many plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, using just steam and hot water. For doggy clothes, check the label for instructions. Anything else can be put in a plastic bag and frozen for a few days to kill germs.

Fresh Air

A good air purifier is definitely a good investment for people with pets. Remember to change the filter! Nontoxic plants will also help keep your home smelling clean. Check the ASPCA website for suggestions.

Litterbox

As soon as it’s warm enough, take Fluffy’s litterbox outside and give it a good scrubbing. If it’s really worn, it may be best to just get your kitty a new one.

Muddy Paws

Does Fido leave muddy pawprints on the floor? Teach your canine friend that he’ll get a snack if he lets you wipe his furry feet off before coming inside!

Please contact us, your Georgetown, IN pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!