Hi, friends — Winston here!
Now that spring has officially arrived, it’s a good time to get your home organized and clean for the new season. You might not always think about your pets and their belongings when it comes to spring cleaning, but paying special attention to your furry family members will help them stay healthy and happy all year.
Here’s how to get your dog and all his toys and accessories squeaky-clean for spring.
Beds, Blankets and Soft Toys
Many of Fido’s things can simply be tossed in the washing machine, which is a good place to start. Bedding is always the No. 1 culprit of doggie smells. Toss all dog beds, blankets, plush toys, dog clothing and even crate covers in the washing machine on the gentle cycle with a small cap of color-safe bleach for a fresh start. Dog fur tends to collect dirt and bacteria pretty quickly, and a little bit of bleach helps knock out any smells with no fuss.
Food Bowls, Hard Toys, Collars and Crates
Other pet supplies require a little more time and attention on your part to get clean. Hand-wash your dog’s food and water bowls, hard chew toys and even his collar. Scrub bowls and hard toys with hot water and dish soap and rinse. For aluminum or stainless steel bowls, use hot water and dish soap with a soft sponge, and avoid the dishwasher.
Experts recommend hand-washing nylon dog collars with dog shampoo to avoid the skin irritation that harsher soaps might cause. Let the collar soak for 15 minutes and leave it out to air dry. During this time, make sure your dog wears a back-up collar with ID tags attached just in case.
Finally, scrub down your dog’s crate and/or travel carrier with a dilute bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of warm water) and some warm rags.
Giving Your Dog a Bath
Last but not least, it’s time to give Fido himself a bath. If you’d rather splurge on a doggie spa or groomer, go for it. But you can also pamper your pooch at home by investing in a high-quality dog shampoo and giving your pup a good scrubbing in the bathtub or your backyard. Trim your dog’s nails, clean his ears with some medicated wipes and make sure he’s up-to-date on his heartworm and flea medications.
It sure smells better in here now!