spring cleaning as a dog owner

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Nathan Hewett
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Spring is right around the corner, and with that comes SPRING CLEANING! For those of you that own dogs, your routines for this might look a little different. That's why we wanted to compile a list of things you might not have thought about and present them in a way where it won't seem overwhelming.

When you plan out your spring cleaning, use the list below. It breaks it out by day to make it less overwhelming.

DAY 1 - Get out, Enjoy the Day and Bathe

dog and owner running

It's here! After a long, cold, & snowy winter, the sun has finally returned. Our spring cleaning task for the first day is to merely get out of the house to enjoy the day. Some of our favorite things to do include: going on a run, scooter ride, stroll through the park or trail, visit the swimming pool, or really anything to just have fun.

If your pup is anything link ours, it'll find the nastiest thing within a 2-mile radius just to roll around in it. This brings us to our next point - bathe away the dirtiness that has accumulated during the past few months.

Want to hear the good news? We've got a sweet hook-up for you -- THE BARK BARS! We have both bars of dog soap, and bath bombs for you and your pup to try out. OH And if you just need a quick rinse, placing a Bark Bomb into the tub and just rinsing them out will make them smell oh so good!

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DAY 2 - It’s Collar Time

dog listening attentively with collar and sweater on

This is something that I think often times is missed or forgotten about. If you think about it, it is attached to your pet 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. I'm also guessing no one knows the last time that it has been washed clean. The good news here is that it's actually pretty easy. Some people throw it in the wash with their clothes, while a few others use the dishwasher. Personally, we recommend hand washing to eliminate any chance of skin irritation. 

Here are the steps we recommend:
1) mix water with your favorite dog soap/shampoo. You want the mixture to be sudsy soapy water.
2) Let the collar soak for 10-15 minutes, more if extremely soiled
3) Hand scrub the collar until clean
4) Rinse thoroughly, then rinse again to be safe

DAY 3 - Pet Bed 

dog laying in dog bed

Is it time for a new one or just time to get it washed?

Day 4 - Dog Medicine

medicine bottle with pills spilled onto table

When's the last time you went through your collection of medicine? How about the last time you paid attention to the dates on those bottles of medicine. I'm guessing it's been quite a while. Go through your cabinet and clear it of all those pills that are expired anyway.

Don't forget to check on your Heartworm and Flea & Tick medicine levels. Since it's recommended to use these throughout the entire year, utilize this time to see if you need to restock your supply. With how fast the snow is melting, I'm guessing tick season will be here before you know it.

Day 5 - ear & teeth cleanings scheduled yet?

dog with teeth showing

also don't forget to maintain those puppy toenails!

Day 6 -  Get your renewals in order 

Let’s make sure everything is up to date and all renewed! This will save you time in the future when you decide to go on adventures last minute. Here is a list of potential renewals you may forget about:

- Park Passes (State parks, National Parks, Three Rivers Park District)
- Puppy resort & daycare membership passes
- Certifications Renewal (Therapy Dogs International/Pet Partners/other)
- Vet shots/heart-worm testing

While you’re at it, let’s get those vet records sent off all of your daycares and boarding facilities quicker booking later on. 

Day 7 - Yard/Car Cleaning

dog riding in car

Now that the snow is melting away, a few piles of do-do that you missed during the winter have probably popped up. Take some time on DAY 7 to get those cleaned up before your neighbors notice! This might also be a good chance for you to clean your car out as well.