After a long winter with little outdoor activity, pets and pet owners readily welcome spring. Spring cleaning lists, however, are not always so welcomed. While pet owners argue that cleaning and organizing chores are year-around in a home with multiple dogs, cats or other pets–there are a few sometimes-forgotten tasks that should be on every spring cleaning checklist for pet owners.
Clean the carpet, bedding and upholstery. After months of time inside the home, pet odors, oils, dust and dirt have ways of making a house dull, dingy and even smelly. Whether the cleaning is professional or do-it-yourself, a full cleaning is especially worthwhile in homes with pets. Since the spring season also brings mud season, pet owners may opt to clean carpets, bedding and upholstery later in the spring to catch most of the muddy paw clean-up. Spring is also a terrific time to take advantage of furniture slipcovers and an outdoor paw and underbelly cleaning station to keep the home spring fresh.
Take toy, treat and pet gear inventory. Spring cleaning time is a perfect time to inspect the pet gear that your pet relies upon. Check toys for signs of wear or damage and discard if needed. Check expiration dates on food and treat items. Do not forget to inspect leashes, harnesses, bedding and other pet gear for signs of wear.
Restock and refresh the pet-friendly first aid kits. A pet first aid kit is something that pet owners buy with the hope of never needing–but, is a potential lifesaver in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, pet owners sometimes buy a pet-specific first aid kit, store it away and forget that some of the ingredients inside hold expiration dates just as in human first aid kits. Check the kit and restock or replace used, missing or outdated items at least every spring to ensure that it is ready when your pet needs it the most.
Update pet health calendars. Spring cleaning time is also an excellent time to get pet medical records in check. Make sure that pet vaccines are current and that physicals are up to date. Consider scheduling a vet visit to ensure pets are physically healthy enough for the demands of busy, warm weather activities.
Prepare for flea and tick season before it starts. Unless your pets use a flea, tick or parasite preventative year-around, early spring requires a prevention plan. Whether opting for prescription preventatives or all natural flea and tick repellents, it is necessary to plan early and adequately before fleas and ticks arrive.