Springtime is here, and many of us have the urge to open the windows, dust off the shelves, clean the house and start projects around the house. This is also the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning for your pets too.
Check Up and Stock Up!
With the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, we along with our pets, tend to spend more time outside. It is always a great idea to have a springtime checkup for your cat or dog with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on their vaccines before the most active time of year. It is also a great time to stock up on heartworm, intestinal parasite, fleas and tick prevention. If your dog has been off heartworm prevention during the winter, be sure to have them tested for heartworms before starting them back on the prevention. Cats need heartworm, intestinal parasite, flea and tick prevention too. Your primary veterinarian will be able to recommend the product(s) that are best suited for your pet. Always be sure to use the correct product and dosage for your cat or dog.
Bathing in warm water not only cleans your pet but also loosens the old hair to make it easier to brush out afterward. Spring is one of the major times for shedding for many cats and dogs. During this time of year regular brushing is recommended.
Be sure to use soap free/detergent free shampoo so that it does not strip off any topical flea or tick products. Wait two days before and two days after applying the product before giving a bath. Many groomers have do-it-yourself bathing areas where you can save your bathroom from the messy clean up. Groomers are another option, they can groom, bath or brush out your pet for you. Be sure to visit with the groomer before bringing in your pet, you will be able to get an idea of the facility and what to expect when your dog or cat is with them.
Bath time is not only for your pet. Spring is a perfect time to inspect old toys for broken parts or choking hazards. Plush and fabric toys get dirty overtime. They collect dirt, bacteria and your pet’s saliva. Toss them into the washing machine for clean, fresh toys.
You can wash your pet’s bedding too. Many beds have removable covers and can be tossed into the wash with the toys.
Plush toys are not the only toys that get dirty. Rubber toys collect dirt, saliva, bacteria as well. Fill up a bucket or sink with hot soapy water, soak the toys, scrub and rinse well.
While you have soapy hands, grab the food dishes and give them a scrub. Cleaning food bowls should be a done several times a week since they attract mold, bugs and bacteria.
Now that all the toys are fresh and clean, organize your pet’s area. There are many inexpensive baskets that can be purchased to store the toys in.
Check windows for loose screens and tears. In the summer months there is an increase of injuries and escapes with pets falling out of windows.
Be sure to have fresh water and shaded areas for your pets who tend to spend long periods of time outside.
Above all have a great spring!