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Spring Cleaning Tips with Pets

Spring cleaning is here! We have put together a spring cleaning list for all things pet related.

  1. Deodorize couches, carpets and pet beds with baking soda. It will absorb pet odours. Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and other vacuum-able surfaces, and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly using the hose attachment.
  2. Lint roll the pet hair! You can also use a damp rubber glove to remove hair from upholstery.
  3. Throw everything in the laundry! Beds, blankets, collars, clothing and stuffed toys can all washed in the washer. It’s best to use all natural, unscented detergent for any pet laundry.
  4. Groom your pets — bushing your dog or cat is essential for proper coat maintenance. It is also a great opportunity to bond with your pet, and you can check for any abnormalities of their skin and coat.
  5. Dust with a microfiber cloth to clean forgotten about and out-of-reach surfaces. Such as light fixtures, fan blades, and vents. It will remove pet dander, hair, and allergens from these areas.
  6. Hide the trash bags. When you are going through and throwing out your old and expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, candy, car chemical, cosmetics, and any small object can all be toxic or cause an intestinal obstruction. Keep an eye on garbage cans and bags.
  7. Plastic bowls and dog toys can go in the dishwasher, especially pet food bowls. They’re something that we might not think of properly cleaning every day, now’s the time to do it!
  8. Sort through the pet supplies stash. Go through all the pet toys, bed, collars, bowl collection, and everything in between — the time of year to declutter, even the pet supplies.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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