Spring Cleaning for Dog Owners

Spring is just around the corner! As the weather warms up, many of us are looking forward to getting back outside and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. Spring cleaning is on the agenda for a lot of folks at this time of year. If you have a dog, read on! A Happy Valley, OR vet discusses spring cleaning for dog owners below.


Does your canine friend wear jackets or sweaters in winter? Wash Fido’s things according to label instructions, and store everything but a raincoat and light jacket away. Repair or replace anything ripped or frayed.


Fido’s doggy bed should be washed regularly. If it’s too big for the washing machine, vacuum it. If it’s made of fabric, you may also want to run an iron over it: this will help kill flea eggs. Just test a small area first.


A squeegee works really well at removing pet fur from furniture. You can also use a damp sponge, or a rubber dish glove. We recommend vacuuming daily—at least during shedding season—and changing your air filters.


Toys are very important to your dog’s health and well-being. Fido loves to play! Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t take our canine pals long to get their playthings dirty. You can wash stuffed animals in the washing machine. Use the hot cycle, and tumble dry low. Rope toys can be cleaned in the microwave. Remove any metal pieces, then soak it with water and microwave on high for a minute. Make sure it’s cool and dry before you give it back to your pup. Plastic and rubber toys, such as Kong toys, can go into the dishwasher. Use the hottest cycle and no soap: the hot water and steam will clean and disinfect the toys.


Give your canine buddy’s dinnerware a good scrubbing. If you use pitchers, cookie jars, or storage totes to store your pet’s food, clean these as well.


Inspect your dog’s stuffed animals. Anything with a small rip can be sewn. However, if your pup’s teddy bear is nothing more than a few scraps of fabric, toss it out and get him a new one. You’ll also want to look through your pet’s treats and medication. Discard and replace anything that’s expired or spoiled.

Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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