Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

Winter is finally over! As the weather warms up, many of us are happily storing away our heavy jackets and boots, and pulling lighter clothes out of storage. Many people are also rolling up their sleeves and tackling some spring cleaning chores. If you have a pet, you may want to add a few extra things to your to-do list this spring. Read on as a local Rockaway, NJ vet discusses spring cleaning for pet parents.

Pet Fur

Many of our four-legged pals will soon be trading their winter coats for summer ones. We all know what this means: pet hair everywhere. We recommend brushing your pet daily. This will trap that dead fur in a brush before it ends up plastered to your clothes and furniture. To remove fur from your carpets and upholstery, use a squeegee, a rubber dish glove, or a damp sponge.

Vacuum

Vacuuming is a must for people with furry friends. Give your home a thorough vacuuming. When you’re done, empty the canister or dispose of the bag in a plastic bag. Seal the bag, and immediately take it outdoors for disposal.

Clothes

Does your canine pal wear a jacket in cold weather? Inspect Fido’s clothes, and give everything a good wash. Toss and replace anything that is worn out, stained, or ill-fitting.

Windows

Does your canine buddy make nose art on your windows? Use white vinegar and newspaper to clean your pet’s masterpieces. You’ll have clean windows in a snap!

Toys

Inspect your furry buddy’s playthings. Toss the ones that are damaged, and wash everything else. With the exception of catnip toys, stuffed animals can go right into the washing machine. Use hot water and unscented detergent. Most rubber or plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Just use the hot cycle, without soap: the water and steam will clean and disinfect the toy. Check care instructions for other toys.

Bedding

Give your pet’s bedding a good washing. Use the hot cycle on your washing machine, and, as with stuffed animals, unscented detergent. Beds that cannot be washed can be vacuumed.

Perishables

Go through your furry friend’s food, treats, and medications. Toss out anything that is past its expiration date, and replace it.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local Rockaway, NJ pet clinic, today. We are here to help!

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