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Spring Cleaning For Pet Parents

Spring is just around the corner! It won’t be long before things start warming up and turning green again. At this time of year, many people roll up their sleeves and do a good spring cleaning. In this article, a London, ON vet offers tips on cleaning for pet parents.

Windows

Does Fido like to make nose art on your windows? Newspaper and vinegar will take care of your pet’s masterpieces!

Fur Busting

Did you know that a squeegee works great at removing pet fur from furniture or upholstery? You can also use rubber dish gloves or a damp sponge.

Shedding Season

Spring is a peak time for shedding. If your pet sheds heavily, get into the habit of brushing him daily. If you have a dog, take Fido outdoors for these grooming sessions. That way, the extra fur just blows away. You may also want to wear an apron while you do this, to help protect your clothes.

Stain Busters

To remove urine stains from your carpet, start by using a paper towel to absorb as much liquid as you can. Then, soak the spot with a mix of vinegar and water and blot dry. Finally, put some baking soda down on the stain. Let it set, then vacuum it up. Of course, if your furry pal often has accidents, you may want to invest in a steam cleaner.

Smells

This is a good time to change your air filter. That will help filter dust and dander out of your air. You may also want to get some pet-safe plants, such as Boston ferns or spider plants. These will help keep your home looking nice, and will also help clean the air. You can find a list of pet-safe plants online at the ASPCA site.

Belongings

Wash and disinfect bowls, as well as containers you store food or treats in. Check for expired treats, food, or medications. Toss and replace anything that’s past its ‘best by’ date. Give your furry pal’s bed, clothes, and stuffed animals a good washing. If the items can be machine-washed, use the hottest cycle you have, and then tumble dry. Plastic and rubber toys can be washed in the dishwasher. Don’t use soap: the steam and hot water will do the trick.

Please reach out to us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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