Spring is right around the corner, which means lots of sun and more time outside. It's also time to get ready for spring cleaning.
To help you and your dog get ready for spring, the American Kennel Club offers the following spring cleaning tips:
– Brush your dog's coat. As dogs lose their winter coats in the spring, shedding can increase drastically. Regular brushing will help control the shedding. Brushing all the way down to the skin will loosen and remove dead hair and dander, and it will help keep your dog neat and clean for the new season.
– Give your dog a bath. Matted hair holds water, which can irritate your dog's skin, so be sure to brush your dog before bathing. Use lukewarm water and dog shampoo, and wash his coat thoroughly. Rinse his coat well, making sure not to leave any soapy residue on him.
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– Keep his paws clean. Springtime is often called "mud season" by dog owners, as outdoor playtime in the dirt and grass can lead to muddy paw prints all over the floor. To keep your dog and house clean, gently clean each paw with a damp cloth when your dog comes in from playing outside. Be sure to get in between his toes to remove mud and debris.
– Wash your dog's bed. Use a fabric cover on your dog's bed that can be easily removed for washing. Vacuum the excess hair and dirt and then wash the cover in a non-scented detergent. Also, it is recommended that you do not use any fabric softeners – these can irritate your dog's skin.
– Clean your dog's toys and dishes. Go through your dog's toy box to see what toys to keep and clean and which ones to throw away. Use regular dishwashing soap and hot water to thoroughly clean water and food dishes as well as toys that have been sitting in a toy box all winter.
– Celebrate the arrival of spring. The sun is out and the temperature is starting to increase, so enjoy the beautiful weather before summer temperatures arrive and outside time might be limited due to the heat. Springtime also means more time outside, so check your dog's identification, making sure it's up to date to protect your pup against pet theft.
For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.