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Spring Cleaning for Pet Parents

Spring is just around the corner! It will be nice to finally thaw out and enjoy some warm weather. This is a popular time of year for people to give their homes a good deep cleaning. If you have a pet, you may have a few extra things on your to-do list. Read on as a Somerville, MA vet offers some spring cleaning tips for pet parents.

Bedding

Many of our four-legged patients spent a good chunk of winter napping. Wash your pet’s bed, using hot water and unscented soap. Beds that can’t go into the washing machine can be vacuumed or possibly steam cleaned. While you’re at it, give your pet’s crate or carrier a good scrubbing, too.

Clothes

Does your canine pal need a jacket for cold weather? Carefully inspect Fido’s winter jackets and sweaters, and sew up any small tears. Discard and replace anything that’s really worn, as well as anything he’s outgrown. Wash the rest according to label instructions.

Treats/Food

Sort through your furry buddy’s food, treats, and medications. Check expiration dates, and throw away anything that’s past its ‘use by’ date.

Dishes

Give your pet’s dinnerware a good scrubbing. You’ll also want to wash any containers or cabinets you use to store your pet’s belongings.

Litterbox

Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room will also need a good cleaning. If the litterbox is really old, you may want to just replace it.

Toys

Pull Fluffy’s playthings out from under the couch, and go through Fido’s toybox. Throw away anything that’s ripped or worn. You can clean most plastic and rubber toys by putting them in the dishwasher. Use the hot cycle, without soap: the steam and hot water will do the trick. Many stuffed animals can go right into the washing machine. Check label instructions for other types of toys.

Your Pet

Many of our furry patients shed heavily in spring. It’s a good idea to brush Fido and Fluffy daily. This will help keep them from feeling hot or itchy. You’ll also end up with less pet hair to deal with, as you’ll be catching that fur with a brush before it gets stuck to your sofa.

Window Art

Are your windows covered with doggy nose prints? Use vinegar and newspaper to remove Fido’s nose art masterpieces.

Please reach out to us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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