Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

Spring is just around the corner! As you start pulling your summer things out of storage and packing away your winter gear, don’t forget about your furry friend. This is a great time to go through your pet’s things! A Wake Forest, NC vet offers some spring cleaning tips for pet parents in this article.

Pet Bedding

Give your furry pal’s bedding a good washing. We recommend using the hottest washer and dryer cycles you have, and using hypoallergenic soap. Vacuum bedding that can’t be washed.


Go through your four-legged friend’s toys, and discard anything that looks old or worn. If’ Fido’s favorite toy has been reduced to a few scraps of material, get rid of it. (You may want to do this while your pup is napping.) Stuffed animals and tennis balls can go right into the washing machine. Plastic toys can be washed in the dishwasher. Just use the hot cycle, and skip the soap: the steam and water will do the trick. Anything else can be sealed in a plastic bag and frozen for a few days to kill germs.

Fluffy and Fido

As you probably know, spring is a peak shedding time. Brush your furry buddy every day. That way, you’ll be trapping that excess fur before it gets stuck to everything. (Tip: brush Fido outside on warmer days, so that dead hair just blows away.)

Fur Busting

Try using a squeegee to get fur off your furniture or upholstery. Rubber dish gloves will also work well, as will a damp washcloth. If you want to quickly get pet fur off a single piece of clothing, toss it in the dryer with a damp washcloth for a few minutes. Of course, lint rollers are also very helpful at getting pet fur off your clothes. Keep one in your car, and one at work for backup.

Nose Prints

Does your canine pal make nose art on your glass doors or windows? Use vinegar and newspaper to remove Fido’s doggy masterpieces.


We recommend vacuuming high-traffic areas and your pet’s favorite lounging spots daily. Follow up with more thorough vacuuming every week or so. You may also want to get some washable slipcovers for your furniture. Changing your air filter will also help.

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